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The Power of Casting a Great Vision

Pilot and author of “The Little Prince,” Antoine de Saint-Exupery once wrote: “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” One of the greatest mistakes leaders make us to substitute tasks for vision. When it comes to accomplishing something really significant, teams need a vision far more than they need a do-to list.

Never underestimate the power of casting a great vision.  If you’ve assembled the right team, they should already know how to collect wood and assign tasks. Your job as a leader isn’t to micromanage or get involved in the nitty-gritty details. Trust your people. Empower them. Because what they’re looking for is a great vision.

Re-think how your team works, and consider the kind of vision that will motivate them to your next great project. And never forget – It’s a manager’s job to assign tasks, and it’s a leader’s job to cast vision.

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  1. Great post highlighting the most important! Hope you yourself are in receipt of my letter-brochure on Christocratic New World Order of Matt5:3ff. If not please check it out at Agape Justice.

  2. Great post Phil. This is so true, vision motivates a team, not tasks. Vision takes teams from stakeholders to shareholders.

  3. Great idea for Sunday morning church meetings! “Your job as a leader isn’t to micromanage or get involved in the nitty-gritty details. Trust your people. Empower them.” So why do most churches hand people a “to do list” (a program) when they walk in the building?
    –Perhaps, instead of a 1-man micromanagement in church meetings, we could trust people, empower them, and trust the Holy Spirit by allowing ordinary people to speak out in the meeting as they are led by the Spirit (according to 1 Corinthians 14:26). What if a vision is more easily caught in a participatory, interactive community than taught by a lecture?

  4. Great thoughts Phil. This is a topic near and dear to my heart…
    Vision Casting is crucial for internal buy-in, if your team is not buying, they won’t sell it or work towards it. Task masters and micromanagers often like to believe they are Visionaries, when they are actually managers. Both are needed, but they are not the same. Visionaries know their audience and they actively listen to their peers, consultants and staff. Visionaries do not know everything, nor do they claim to. They are aware of their abilities and limitations, and are able to recognize talent and surround themselves with a team to get things done. When visions come to fruition, visionaries celebrate the accomplishments and all the credit with their team.

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