If you follow national politics, it’s easy to get frustrated with the endless rhetoric and posturing. But in spite of the gamesmanship, the US system of government endures as one of the most successful and admired in the history of the world.
It works that way because, when the Constitution was drafted, the critical question wasn’t “Who should be president?” or “Who’s the smartest to lead us?” Instead they concentrated on issues like:
Visionary thinking allowed the founding fathers to create a government that works more than 2 centuries after they’re gone.
Organizations need a similar vision if they hope to create a healthy workforce. Today, more than ever, health promoters need to be visionaries — resisting the temptation to implement the “program of the month” or give in to “we do it because employees like it” thinking.
Some questions to get you started:
The obsession with quarterly profits can make long-term, delayed-gratification, visionary thinking risky. But to build a program that lasts, one that survives layoffs and cutbacks, will require strong, visionary leaders committed to doing what’s right for today and tomorrow.