Saturday, August 05, 2006

Lesson #2 - The Destination : Get everyone to agree on atleast one thing - the destination

"There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but only one view." -Harry Millner.

Building a company is a journey. Much like hitchhiking from one city to the next, there are many paths, many people along the way - but without a destination - there is no purpose. Everyone has a different opinion on the details of the trip - where to eat, sleep, stop, etc - but in order for the journey to have meaning - everyone needs to agree on the destination.

So many companies start with what is labeled as a "vision" or a "mission statement"... but most of the time the words they use make no sense, sound like something copied off a motivational poster or a weight-loss clinic brochure. A company needs to define a "Destination" before it can really build a plan, a team and achieve success.

The Destination is more than seeking fortune, power and glory - it is a bold statement of where you will be in 1,5 and 10 years.

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