Wednesday, December 15, 2010


The word “Leadership” conjures up a picture of Christopher Columbus on his 75 foot boat sailing from southern Spain across unknown and uncharted seas. Strange and hideous creatures were rumored to own these waters. The unknown was an emotional challenge. The uncharted meant he and his sailors used a quadrant and a navigation technique called dead reckoning.

What Columbus had in his favor was a goal: gold and a Chinese civilization full of spices. His vision was to be a hero to Spain. Queen Isabella was willing to name him hero in exchange for the riches.

The process (voyage) demanded he ignite the vision of his sailors. They needed to own the process. Columbus was motivated and he bet all their lives on it.

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