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The Role of Clarity for Those Leading in These Troubled Times

In my last blog, I wrote of the three elements of Transparency: Clarity, Candor and Communication. As a leader, I’m aware of the necessity of having a clear picture of what I want my team to accomplish. I know that if I cannot clearly see where I want us to go, I cannot expect my companions to understand what’s expected of them.

Recently, I’ve come to the decision that simply having a clear picture is not enough.

Let me digress for a moment. I was in elementary school in 1961 when President Kennedy challenged our nation to: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”

That was a wake up call for me. One that I try to recall regularly. It was a challenge for all Americans to serve a greater purpose. It was while thinking about this challenge that I came to the realization that I want to share today.

We’re not setting the bar high enough. We as a nation, we as corporate and community leaders, we as employees and citizens are just aiming to get by.

We, individually and collectively, need a BHAG.

WE NEED BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS GOALS.

We are the “heirs of the American Revolution.” America is the greatest experiment in democracy in history. This country is the beacon on the hill for the rest of the world. I’m a Boomer. I frequently hear people say, “The Boomers were going to change the world.” My response is, “We’re not done, yet.”

I’m asking everyone who reads this to dream big. Think! How can we (Gen Y, Gen X, Boomers, Traditionalists) unite to get this country back on the road to realizing the vision of our founders? America may not stand alone in the world, but the world looks to us as a role model.

Let’s stop thinking about just surviving. Let’s be clear about making the world a better place.

Leaders start dreaming big. The rest of you don’t accept anything less.

We are the country that put men on the moon and brought them safely home.

Together, we can do anything we set our minds to.

If we can see it, we can do it.

We can catch our limit!

><(("> Gayle Turner

Gayle is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a consulting firm headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit www.catchyourlimit.com.


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