Once a year, I spend time going back through my notebooks where I’ve taken notes in business meetings. I do this as a practice to reflect on the past year and also to ensure that I haven’t missed anything important that required follow up.
Each year when I do this I come across a page that reminds me of some difficult circumstance that was occurring at the time and how I couldn’t see the resolution for it. People often say that you don’t know what’s around the corner. Corners matter because we have a tendency to be narrow minded when things are tough. We form a linear line in our minds and don’t always consider that certain turns in the road can make all the difference.
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. – Warren Bennis
It works the same with the vision we have for our organizations. We see a straight path towards a result but we know from experience that it’s never a straight path.
Welcome the corners on your road.