Tuesday, 12th December 2017

Navigating the Future

Posted on 19. Jun, 2012 by in Blogs

An admiring biographer once claimed that proof of how far-sighted Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was could be found in the fact that none of his predictions had yet come true.

An aptitude for seeing well into the future is essential for CEOs and for the long-term success of the companies they lead.  However, there is a fine line between vision and dreaming, and reality is the final arbiter of where that line lies.  I’ve known too many CEOs who stray well beyond that line and stay there way too long.  For some, that mistake is an innocent miscalculation driven by passion and emotion.  For others, it’s a willful or semi-conscious escape (and abdication) from the problems of the present.  Either way, these CEOs squander years of real-world progress and untold money before belatedly stumbling their way back to a more realistic view of the future.

It’s impossible to know exactly where the line between far-sighted vision and dreamland lies, but if you never forget that there is a line and never stop looking for it, you’re more likely to get close.  And he or she who comes closest to it, wins.

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Bob Fifer is a consultant, CEO mentor, speaker and writer who helps CEOs and senior executives optimize their businesses and become stronger leaders. For more than 30 years, he has worked with his clients to maximize growth and profitability, design and implement winning strategies, build leadership teams, and achieve operational and human resources excellence.Bob spent the first two of those decades assisting leaders of the Fortune 50 and other publicly-held companies. As CEO of Fifer Associates he has broadened his services, advising CEOs of mid-sized and smaller companies while also continuing to serve large public companies.Bob can be reached at RFifer@FiferAssociates.com, or at www.FiferAssociates.com.

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