Vision, Need, and Teamwork

Vision is something of a buzz word for organizations, and rightly so. Without a clear picture of the future, organizations are destined to tread water instead of swimming toward a purpose.

Vision doesn't make any sense unless it's connected to need. There has to be a reason for the organization to move forward, or nobody will be motivated to take it in that direction.

Great visionary leaders are usually able to talk about how bad things are (need) and how things could be in the future (vision) but are almost always limited by an inability to describe the space in between. It's like a great fog to them.

Great visionary leaders have someone who can think inside the great fog and give it definition, before passing it along to people who can implement it. Otherwise, even great visions are dead in the water.