Focused Leadership is a book which provides you a synopsis of the approach I diligently crafted, refined and applied in order to get the leadership results I desired over my 30-year career leading large and small organization in Fortune 500 companies as well venture capital backed start-ups. In Focused Leadership I have incorporated a series of informative and concise discussions regarding my leadership approach, which I now call the “10-Step Approach to Leading and Winning”.
Step 2: Envision the End at the Start
When my first corporate mentor told me that in order to lead a team to the results that you expect, you must yourself be able to see “the big picture,” I thought I understood what he meant. It wasn’t until I failed to accomplish my first major goal and had the time to reflect on what went wrong, did I began to realize the true complexities associated with visualizing and articulating “the big picture.”
The big picture of a scenario is the broader perspective or objective, not the fine detail. The big picture includes a fundamental understanding of what is needed in order to successfully arrive at the destination. In addition, it must include a “roadmap” indicating how to get from here to there. As I matured as a leader, I gained and began to value my ability to envision and share with my team a broader perspective of our mission. That is, not just how we would reach our goals but also “why” we, as a team, were doing it.
As I mentioned in the Chapter one anecdote of my book, “The Elwell Production Program team also succeeded in establishing itself as a high performance team within Motorola.” I knew from day one of the Elwell Production Program that in order for this team to be successful in ensuring the launch of the STS-51-C mission, we would also have to achieve “sub-goals” along the way. One of them was to become one of Motorola’s most highly regarded production teams.
Envision the End at the Start
Earl Cobb is the author of "Focused Leadership: What You Can Do Today to Become a More Effective Leader", and an American “rags-to-riches” success story. Through his hard work, dedication and faith, Earl has forged an accomplished career as a systems engineer, project/program manager, and gifted entrepreneur. He is also a highly respected senior management executive. He has enjoyed over twenty-five years of success within Fortune 100 companies including Honeywell, Inc., Motorola, Inc. and Wells Fargo Bank. He is the former President and CEO of MedContrax, Inc.
You can contact Earl at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find his website at http://richerlifellc.com