Vision and Amazing Grace


Mike Hyatt’s recent post on Vision and Strategy is right on. Vision must come before strategy.

I went to the movies the weekend and saw Mike’s Blog post manifested on the big screen. Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce and how his vision and faith led him to help change the world. Wilberforce was a deeply religious English member of parliament and social reformer who was very influential in the abolition of the slave trade and eventually slavery itself in the British Empire. It’s a very good movie and not only gives us a glimpse of history, but a tremendous lesson of leadership.

It’s vision that keeps Wilberforce going in spite of tremendous odds against him and when his own vision begins to wane due to the stress of illness, his wife’s vision re-ignites Wilberforce’s efforts. Consequently, the best strategy comes years after the members of parliament resolutely reject Wilberforce’s first bill to abolish slave trading. It’s vision that keeps him going and it’s vision that wins in the long run.

What’s your vision and how has it kept you going in spite of the odds?


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