My son grew up playing in-line roller hockey. When he was young, and I was helping coach his team, it was hard to get kids to understand that by the time they got to the puck it will have moved. The key is to skate to where the puck is going to be!
Have Vision. Anticipate! Vision is a key to leadership. Good leaders can see and anticipate where the puck is headed. Having vision means seeing the big picture, anticipating the future, planning ahead. Vision is not easy; consider some of these failures to anticipate the future….
Decca Records, turning down the Beatles, 1962
“There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”
Ken Olson, President Digital Corporation 1977
“I don’t need bodyguards.”
Jimmy Hoffa – One month before his disappearance
We may not miss out on foresight of such magnitude as these examples, but we need to try and see around the corner. On a daily basis try to anticipate problems, foresee the implication of choices, and think ahead about the impact of changes in the world around you.