Last year I had the opportunity to attend Henry’s Club – a dinner hosted by Henry Schein in a very nice club in London. As well as a great evening meeting new people, I really enjoyed listening to the speaker – David Taylor, author of the ‘Naked Leader’.
David’s talk was inspirational, and I have since been following him on twitter and reading his blog. It’s all good, down to earth, no nonsense stuff.
One of my favourite questions that David asks is:
“Imagine if you simply could not fail – what would you do? Where would you go? Who would you be?”
That question opens up so many possibilities and I think it’s a great attitude to have in life.
We’ve just reviewed our strategic plan (boring word for ‘BIG DREAM and how we will get there’ document).
In the process, we’ve asked that question a lot. And that is what has ended up in the plan.
Daniel Harkavy says that an organisation should have goals that are so big and so far out, that accomplishing them is not only going to stretch your team, but make people that don’t know your heart, to doubt it can be done. A skeptical response usually means you got it right.
And that’s what we’ve gone for.
When people read that our vision is a world free from dental pain, and doubt that it can be done, they should know that we’ve dreamed big, we aren’t thinking about failing, but instead believing that we can’t, and acting as if.
What’s your dream? What would you do differently if you knew you couldn’t fail?