Being a Visionary.....

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hi there,

A visionary is someone who can see inside their mind's eye, how the future could potentially unfold. They have a sense of the bigger picture and are forward thinking, always drawn by possibility, and a sense of adventure. Visionaries are pioneers who seek to explore new uncharted waters. They are often charismatic and good in enrolling other people into their vision.

So far all well and good. However, a visionary without proper backup can hit the rocks and perhaps even sink. Visionaries do not always have a great sense of detail, they do not realise the pitfalls and cannot foresee the likely obstacles or objections. They need other people to help do this for them.

A wise visionary knows this and gathers supportive friends or collegues around them. A visionary needs to use feedback to adjust their forward thinking plan so that all hurdles in the way can be safely circumnavigated.

In business the least successful company usually either has a visionary leader that is not supported by this necessary back-up or has a detail person in charge with no sense of a bigger picture. The worst case scenario is where a detail person is leading a company being supported by visionary managers. This is a recipe for disharmony or even conflict and is a disaster in the making.

If you are a visionary make sure that your visions have the right amount of support to bring them to fruition. Use feedback as much as you can. And if you are in the unhappy position of working for a detail orientated boos get the hell out of there as soon as you can.

Steve Nobel
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