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The Lesson in Vision, part 2 of 3

May 17, 2012

Posted in: Pathways, Performance, Place, Professional, Purpose

So you’re starting out boldly towards that new place, that new frontier, that promised land of milk and honey. You started out with complainers, whiners, wimps and skeptics. But now, you’ve got buy-in. What do you tell them as they begin to fall into formation in your quest? You need to tell them what that pathway will look like. It’s not what you think.

Moses got the group in the movie to step forward in buy-in “faith” but the pathway in the movie is a far cry from what a reality of this kind of change really will look like and it’s a good idea to tell the group ahead of time.

  • It is not going to be a smooth, sandy path, it is the bottom of the sea and with it comes tough terrain, huge obstacles, incredible canyons, it’s going to be like walking over mountain terrain at the bottom of the sea. Be ready. Don’t you dare tell them it’ll be great – it’ll be easy. You do that and you’ll face a angry mob that’s justified in wanting to replace you.
  • It’s not going to be clean, people are going to slip, fall, bruise, break, cry, maybe die along the way. Some of your tribe just won’t stick with this and they will die to the vision.
  • It’s not going to happen overnight. When you’re moving a nation, or an entire organization to a new vision you have to continually remind them of that destination, why they are doing what they’re doing, what it’s worth it and what the promise land is, and it better be there when you get there.

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