The people in the organization that bring curiousity into conversation open new doors. They start the process of setting the bar of excellence. The persistence in digging deeper, challenging the status quo and doing so with a true sense of urgency; these are leaders who set the bar in organizations. Change leaders.
People who influence change through a persistence to see a vision through bring change leadership forward in their organisations and relationships. These leaders help inspire others in the process. When I think about a visionary who lived his dreams through a lifetime of inspiring achievement, I think of Walt Disney. Disney said:
”We keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”
Disney reminds us that curiousity is a key attribute to pioneering new paths.
What is the ‘bar’ anyway?!
Quite literally and in this metaphorical land of undiscovered country, raising the bar is likened to clearing the path of tangled bushland blocking the view to an uncultivated land ripe with resources.
As each new piece of ‘land’ is discovered, change leaders literally and metaphorically climb mountain ranges in the quest for what’s on the other side. In their imaginations, their vision is so clear. The mountain has an imaginary window to the other side. And with each mountain climbed and conquered, another valley and mountain appears for further exploration.
What’s so important about raising the bar?
As each new path is forged and treasures are unearthed, a rigour infuses change leaders to actively raise the bar for that next shiny jewel, despite the difficulty, adversity and barriers along the way.
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” Walt Disney
Disney points us to strength and growth that comes with weathering the trials and tribulations in the path to discovery. In the world of new ideas, an entrepreneurial spirit in pursuit of the next challenge brings innovation to the world.
As each new discovery is revealed, we scale mountains, cross bridges and open new trails. Raising the bar has us climb higher and higher mountains, creatively taking us to visions closer and closer to the horizon, with more to discover at each milestone in the journey.
Are you raising the bar?
How do you know you are raising the bar?
What is the driving force?