Who's leading your weekend?
Leading change always begins with direction. Always. If you have no idea where you want to go, you’ll never arrive there, guaranteed.
Conveniently, it’s not necessary that the direction be perfectly clear at first, but in order to start you must always have some sort of goal in mind.
Steve Jobs knew that the device that could kill the iPod, and thus, his business, was the mobile phone. So rather than make a better iPod he got Apple into the phone business. That’s direction.
The idea to create a place where adults and kids could play together came to Walt Disney after a visit to local amusement park. I’m sure he had no clue that that initial idea would end up becoming the largest tourist destination in the world, but it did. Again, none of this happens without direction.
Direction is a certain sense that the future could be different from the present and that I ought to do something about it. Without that sense, without that knowing, change is not possible.
The second thing about direction is that it’s very personal. Almost selfish.
Steve Jobs wasn’t thinking about making the mobile phone you would want, he made the phone HE thought you should have, and those are very different things.
Walt Disney didn’t set up focus groups to decide what attractions to have in Disneyland, had he done so he would have founded Six Flags instead.
Great filmmakers don’t pander to their audience, they give them what THEY think the audience needs even when their ideas don’t seem particularly appealing.
When Jesus arrived on planet earth he didn’t fit anyone’s idea of what they wanted in a Messiah, but He was exactly what we needed.
This is what it is to lead. Leaders take people in the direction that they should go, not always the direction they want to go.
So… with all that in mind, who’s leading your weekend?