To break things up a bit in 2011, I will be offering a leadership limerick each Monday, highlighting an idea or strategy about effective leadership in limerick form.
You imagine a future quite bold
A vision you want others to hold
Connect one-on-one with those who care
Embrace their thoughts about what you share
And this might bring them into the fold
Individuals and organizations often develop elaborate roll-out plans and presentations to sell the masses on a new vision for a project or the organization overall. But politicians know there is little substitute for going door-to-door and engaging in one-on-one campaigning. As famed business fable author Patrick Lencioni has noted, "Weighing in is a prerequisite for buying in."
Don't underestimate the value of having many, many "wouldn't it be great if ... " conversations to enlist others' support. You don't need PowerPoint to make a powerful point. Speak more from the heart and rely less on the podium.