General Dwight Eisenhower said, “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable”. No matter how effort we put into a plan, we almost always have to modify it when we execute. Sometimes we have to throw it out entirely. A mentor of mine said it even more simply. “You’ve gotta have a plan before you can deviate from it”. There’s no way to plan for every possible outcome, but effective planning

While strategic thought and planning are important to achieving any goal, it’s crucial to keep taking action on completing your mission while you contemplate your mission and vision statements. In this video, Jason LeDuc emphasizes the need to keep taking action and talks about how to avoid decision paralysis that is counter-productive. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to try to take big, drastic, exciting actions to feel like things are still moving

All truly great leaders all have a mission that they put their heart and soul into and are able to articulate that mission in enrolling and inspiring ways. Your own mission statement describes not just what your mission is, but why it is important in a larger sense for you and your team to achieve it. Writing your mission statement is just the beginning, as a leader you must be

You’ve seen how important it is to have a clear and concise mission statement if you expect your team to be able to achieve the goals you set out for them. Just as critical as communicating that mission is articulating your vision of how the completed mission looks and feels. Your vision is the personal connection you have to the mission and shows how you believe that you’re making the world a

I’m often asked, what are the key traits that make a great leader? That question always brings up a lot of discussion, but I believe one of the qualities that makes a truly great leader stand out is the ability to create a vision of the future they want to achieve as well as being able to communicate that vision to their team. Leaders who can visualize and communicate a

Recently I was having a discussion with a colleague on developing a way forward on a problem we were working on together. As he was outlining his proposed solution, I mentioned that I believed that we needed to engage in some critical thinking before we proposed any solutions.  My colleague took exception to my comment and was slightly offended that I would suggest he was not a critical thinker. After

I was at dinner with a group of people this week and we were discussing a project that one of them was currently engaged in. It’s an extremely large effort with lots of people, several geographically distributed locations, many levels of management and some very high stakes on a successful outcome.  The discussion was centered on some creative differences that one of the geographically separated locations had with what “headquarters”