“An essential means for focusing attention on what matters most; what you want to accomplish in your life and what kind of leader you wish to be. A useful vision has to be rooted in your past, address the future, and deal with today’s realities. It represents who you are and what you stand for.”
They Can’t See It
I had the privilege to hear Steve Pemberton, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for Walgreens this week at the work human conference in Orlando, Florida. Steve presented an incredibly powerful message on adversity.
HIs unbearable struggles as a boy bouncing from foster home to foster home…the endless labels that defined a bright young boy as an “at risk” and “hopeless” soul before his life barely started…the long line of social workers shuffling in and out of his world…all pointing him to a life without a future.
They couldn’t see him.
Steve never lost sight of the vision for his life. That vision included going to college, having a family, and building a successful career. He now has all of those things and so much more including a book about his life and a movie that begins shooting next month based on his story.
Steve’s ability to see what others don’t see, and making that vision a reality has defined his professional life as well. A quick example…Walgreens built a distribution center in South Carolina specifically designed to recruit employees with special needs, particularly those with autism.
That my friends is having a vision that no one else can see.
How About You
What vision do you have for yourself, for you team, for your organization? Can your colleagues feel your energy around that vision? Now is the time to make that vision a reality.
Jay Kuhns is a human resources executive, leadership coach, speaker, consultant and is the author of Unstoppable Power, Leverage Energy, Risk and Relationships and Advance Your Leadership Career. He is a “Type A” leader who understands that human resources leadership is about high energy, creativity, strong personal connections and making changes that push organizations forward.