Sunday, December 16, 2012


Trendsetters and path breakers are often labeled as visionaries and the reason is that they have demonstrated their VISION by displaying and implementing Vital Insight Supporting Innovative Original Niche. The invention of the wheel is often regarded as the first innovation by man that sowed the seeds of mans quest for liberation from the clutches of the elements that for long confined, restricted and enslaved the free spirit of man. Of course prior to that early man could have also used his / her vision in creating fire by rubbing stones but with the invention of the wheel literally and figuratively the wheels of progress were set in motion.

It was the vision of the Wright brothers to fly that enabled them to etch their names for posterity as the first humans to take off and land an aero plane. It was a similar vision that enabled Louis Pasteur to suggest pasteurization as the simple process to ensure that milk was fit for consumption without risk of illness. Notice that what the Wright brothers set out to do was invent something that didn’t exist while Louis Pasteur through study and experimentations discovered the utility of boiling milk. What is common though is that both of them had the vision to achieve what they set out to do. These examples could perhaps give a mistaken notion that vision is all that scientists and intellectuals set out to achieve. Look around and observe the small and insignificant stop gap arrangements you may have done yourself to meet an urgent need. It could be as trivial as using visiting cards as bookmarks or folding paper and inserting it under a door to keep it from banging shut when the wind blows. These are inspired solutions called creativity and is the seed of vision.

To be a visionary requires 3 steps – think different, see long term, have the courage of conviction to do it. Far too often our vision is a result of a problem needing a solution spurring us on. The essence of vision though, is seeing what does not exist, creating something that never existed and / or letting imagination run wild and then harnessing its power scientifically. The Fosbury flop the most widely used technique in high jump today is tribute to the man who dared to be radically different and succeeded so well, that he ensured that his vision became synonyms with his name and made it a part of athletics folklore. Similarly Henri Fayol’s Principles of management espouse the vision that he had in outlining and distilling the essentials of management.

At heart each of us has a visionary streak for we are blessed with the power of imagination, the ability to think independently and differently and the common sense to discern, prioritize and implement our ideas. The sum total of this is our VISION which translates into Vital Insight Supporting Innovative Original Niche.

Try this:
  1. How can you cut a round ( circle shaped) cake into 8 equal pieces using only 3 cuts?
  2. List out 5 New Year Resolutions that you have never succeeded in achieving in the past. Can you visualize a different approach to ensure that you can implement at least 3 of the resolutions successful this year.
  3. Outline 10 points that would be key to the vision you have for your country.
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