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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CHECK YOUR COMPASS

From, "The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork" by John C. Maxwell:

Check your compass!

A moral compass (look above): “A great business is seldom if ever built up, except on lines of strictest integrity.” -Andrew Carnegie

An intuitive compass (look within): “Visions spring forth from our intuition. If necessity is the mother of invention, intuition is the mother of vision. Experience feeds our intuition and enhances our insight.” -James Kouzes and Barry Posner
A historical compass (look behind): “Don’t remove the fence before you know why it’s there.” Anytime you cast vision, you must create a connection between the past, the present, and the future. You must bring them together. People won’t reach for the future until they have touched the past.

A directional compass (look ahead): “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” -Henry David Thoreau

A strategic compass (look around): As Vince Abner remarked, “Vision isn’t enough—it must be combines with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs.” People need more than information and inspiration. They need instruction in what to do to make the vision become reality and a way to get there. A strategy provides that.

A visionary compass (look beyond): A truly great vision speaks to what team members can become if they truly live out their values and work according to their highest standards.

Without a challenge many people tend to fall or fade away. “You must have a long-range vision to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.” -Charles Noble