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Translating Vision Into Reality

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Translating Vision Into Reality

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis

The notion of leaders having a vision is pretty universal one. If you are interested in leading, or supporting others in developing their leadership, creating a vision is a great place to start.

Yet many people get tripped up when it comes to their interpretation of leadership “vision.” The typical “automatic” interpretation is that a vision is about something monumental like creating world peace. Not true.

A vision can be any possibility you want to make a reality. tweet this

For example, it could be to have great meetings in your department. It could be to get all of your neighbors to know each other. Of course, it could be loftier than either of those. The important thing is that it must be your vision, and you must be inspired enough by it to be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

Some of you may be thinking that my examples are not “visions,” they’re just goals. [click to continue...]

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Are You Challenging Yourself Enough?

| | Inspiration

Are You Challenging Yourself Enough?

If you are a living, breathing human being, you have already likely faced many challenges and have many more to come.

Some challenges you consciously chose.  Others were brought on by circumstances out of your conscious control.

Yet regardless of the source, with each challenge you have faced and will face comes a tremendous opportunity – the opportunity to change.

As Fred DeVito says:

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

Sometimes you change for the better.  You become wiser so you make better choices going forward.  You become stronger and more resilient, able to face life’s challenges with more confidence and certainty.  You become bolder, because you realize if you could meet the last challenge you are now ready for an even bigger one.

Sometimes you change for the worse.  You allow fear to take hold, and in taking steps to protect yourself you close yourself off to relationships or opportunities.  You allow anger or bitterness to grow roots that sap your happiness and limit your sense of possibility. [click to continue...]

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Developing Community

Developing Community

Welcoming Robyn Stratton-Berkessel as a featured guest blogger.  Robyn is a world renowned expert in Appreciative Inquiry and is known as the Positivity Strategist.  We are thrilled to have her here sharing her wisdom with you.

In her post, Take Action Despite your Fear, Susan shares how fear can get in the way of our own performance. Reading Susan’s insightful post triggered a lot of connections for me about fear. I’d like to build on her insights and link it to the key message of my recent TEDx talk… more about that later.

Fear of failure

Just to recall, Susan points out how fear of failure is self-sabotage that may prohibit us from taking action. She cites examples, ranging from early childhood when we were fearful of raising our hands to contribute our ideas in the classroom situation, to adulthood when the thought of public speaking can freak us out.

Fear of the unknown

Equally pervasive is another kind of fear, and it’s related. It’s fear of others or the unknown and is far more subtle; therefore, we may not be as aware of it, yet it does stand in the way of our personal leadership and our ability to lead others. [click to continue...]

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