Over the last few months, I have been deciding on the next stop of my transiting career. When you’re in your fifties and haven’t filled out an application in 30 years like in my case. It’s not a search for a job position. It’s a search for a place you can create positive business outcomes based on your experiences. When you’re in your fifties it’s not your college transcripts which define you. The transcripts of my past are a collection of experiences that most do not have and some I am sure are grateful for that. From a humble beginning, I realized early on. “It’s not one’s work which defines them, it’s one’s enthusiasm for the work they do that defines them.” As l Talk with potential organizations who are in need of transition, the first thing I listen for is their enthusiasm. All leaders I talk with say they expect a prosperous future, and they understand they must transition to get there, and in some cases, it will take a complete reinvention.
‘Transformation can only begin when the leaders are enthusiastic about the outcome they vision from the transition, even if the outcome is a complete reinvention, and they must be able to visualize that possibility.” Sadly Most don’t or can’t
So I thought I would share my unscientific research in understanding the role enthusiasm plays in a leader’s vision of their transitioning company’s future. Leaders I have recently spoken with all believe in that prosperous future. However, their enthusiasm towards this vision varies. Some had no enthusiasm which more than likely means they won’t transition their company, they will retire from it. That sounds cynical however that is a strategy of some leaders who face the need for reinvention or tough transition, they instead gamble against time.
My friends, it doesn’t matter how enthusiastic a leader is, if he outsources the path to their future through a management process, rather than a leadership process. Leaders are enthusiastically driven by their vision, Managers are the facilitators of the Leaders Enthusiasm. All leaders need good managers. When leaders are enthusiastic about the path toward their vision, what they see is more than likely blurred to those who help manage the team down the path toward it. Of course, everyone should have a clear image of where companies going. I am not talking about a plaque on the wall spelling out a company’s vision. The vision I am talking about is one the leader must paint as they go their enthusiasms is their paint. Leader’s feed information as they find it, they find it because they look for it. Most managers only deal with the information they have or have been fed.
Managers need to know everything, and leaders know it’s impossible to know everything when you’re leading a transition or a reinvention. Those who understand transformation, know transformation is a process not a defined road map with all the rest stops, and fueling station clearly marked. Transformation happens when a group of determined individuals collaborates continuously. Transformation can only begin when leaders are enthusiastic about the outcome they vision from the transition. It’s the leaders’ enthusiasm toward continuously seeking a better way to current circumstances which create great companies. Good managers can improve current circumstances, however, it takes leadership to reinvent tomorrow’s current circumstances. Managers will need too much information and will normally not have the vision to see what others don’t. However, if they do they just became a leader. The trick is recognizing the manager who believes they can copy someone else’s vision. If they were a leader they would have their own. Visions can’t be explained and duplicated. A leader’s vision is a constant changing landscape which is painted with enthusiasm, imagination, and Collaboration. Leaders understand what you think you know will always change. Transformation is not about what you know and go, transformation is what you know, and what you learn as you go.
“Companies are only sustainable when they can merge the future with the present and do it continuously”.