Archive for July, 2009


July 22, 2009

Leaders who are trying to make change don’t have to ask for permission to make change. They just do it!


Great visions evolve over time.

July 5, 2009

The following excerpt from the Rock Hall’s web site says it all:

“Every year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum welcomes visitors from all 50 states and 100 countries the world over. Since we opened our doors in 1995, seven million visitors have toured the Rock Hall.  We’ve worked hard to live up to our reputation as the preeminent home for the celebration and study of rock and roll music.”

Whether it was working to bring the induction ceremonies to Cleveland in 2009, constructing an archives facilities in partnership with Cuyahoga Community College to house its rapidly expanding collection, or opening the Annex in the Soho neighborhood in New York City, the Rock Hall’s vision has evolved and the organization has consistently demonstrated the ability to be relevant and true to its mission.

The Annex in Soho is another example of how great visions evolve over time. Visit to see how.

Leaders make no little plans.

July 4, 2009

In 1910, iconic architect and planner Daniel Burnham said:

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence.”

Great leaders put forth big visions and are comfortable with the fact that they may never see the vision fully realized. However, they take joy in knowing that if they have done their job well, the vision will transcend generations and involve thousands of people before it is realized.

Great visions are “built to last”.