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Wednesday, June 1, 2016


The best leaders I know keep a keen eye on the long view, on the vision for the organization as collectively crafted with others.  

Short term stuff always seems to cloud that view.  Today's urgency tends to cast a shadow on that view.  This moment's crisis tends to obscure the main objective.

The mundane but necessary processes - meeting payroll, shipping product, reviewing and revising policy, assessing software fidelity, etc. - have the effective of distracting us from the long term purpose for our existence and work.

Wise leaders are diligent in keeping the main thing the MAIN THING (to channel the late Stephen Covey).  They faithfully keep themselves focused, and they persistently work to keep the others in the organization similarly focused.  

The long view is the most important view. 

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