Thanks for the note Chris! While the toy example with the road trip sufficiently simplifies the concepts above, it definitely grossly underplays the level of challenge that a worthwhile mission should embody. Perhaps some find a cross-country road trip challenging, but most likely don’t :).
It’s an interesting point you bring up about vision as well. I have a couple of thoughts here:
- The inspiration that comes with painting an exciting vision plays a bigger role than most leaders give it credit for, especially when it comes to aligning teams and keeping members motivated
- The vision, by virtue of its tangibility, tends to frame that challenge as a solvable problem rather than a crippling, insurmountable task
Would love to continue this conversation! I’ve gotten a few recommendations now from people about Good Strategy Bad Strategy so I’ll be sure to take a look!