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Having a clear, compelling vision--and getting buy-in from your team--is essential to effective leadership. If you don't know where you're going, how on earth will you get there? But how do you craft that vision? How do you get others on board? And how do you put that vision into practice at every level of your organization? In The Vision Driven Leader, New York Times best Having a clear, compelling vision--and getting buy-in from your team--is essential to effective leadership. If you don't know where you're going, how on earth will you get there? But how do you craft that vision? How do you get others on board? And how do you put that vision into practice at every level of your organization? In The Vision Driven Leader, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt offers six tools for crafting an irresistible vision for your business, rallying your team around the vision, and distilling it into actionable plans that drive results. Based on Michael's 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive, backed by insights from organizational science and psychology, and illustrated by case studies and stories from multiple industries, The Vision Driven Leader takes you step-by-step from why to what and then how. Your business will never be the same.


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Having a clear, compelling vision--and getting buy-in from your team--is essential to effective leadership. If you don't know where you're going, how on earth will you get there? But how do you craft that vision? How do you get others on board? And how do you put that vision into practice at every level of your organization? In The Vision Driven Leader, New York Times best Having a clear, compelling vision--and getting buy-in from your team--is essential to effective leadership. If you don't know where you're going, how on earth will you get there? But how do you craft that vision? How do you get others on board? And how do you put that vision into practice at every level of your organization? In The Vision Driven Leader, New York Times bestselling author Michael Hyatt offers six tools for crafting an irresistible vision for your business, rallying your team around the vision, and distilling it into actionable plans that drive results. Based on Michael's 40 years of experience as an entrepreneur and executive, backed by insights from organizational science and psychology, and illustrated by case studies and stories from multiple industries, The Vision Driven Leader takes you step-by-step from why to what and then how. Your business will never be the same.

30 review for The Vision Driven Leader: 10 Questions to Focus Your Efforts, Energize Your Team, and Scale Your Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Kotar

    As always, Hyatt's writing is inspiring. The kind of thing that makes you want to get up off the couch and go fix your life RIGHT NOW. Unfortunately, it's clear that he and his company are pivoting away from serving individuals (as he did with Platform and Free to Focus) to serving CEOs and corporations. It's an understandable shift, but it's really too bad. More and more I feel like his podcast and his products are moving farther and father away from us little folks. oh well. As always, Hyatt's writing is inspiring. The kind of thing that makes you want to get up off the couch and go fix your life RIGHT NOW. Unfortunately, it's clear that he and his company are pivoting away from serving individuals (as he did with Platform and Free to Focus) to serving CEOs and corporations. It's an understandable shift, but it's really too bad. More and more I feel like his podcast and his products are moving farther and father away from us little folks. oh well.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gaurang Mhatre

    Good book to fix the mindset from 'Managing people' to 'Uniting the team'. Good book to fix the mindset from 'Managing people' to 'Uniting the team'.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paul Hambrick

    *The Vision Driven Leader* is an excellent companion to the Michael Hyatt ecosystem. In fact, it's probably the primary book in understanding the power of the *Full Focus System.* *The Vision Driven Leader* explains the importance of developing a vision script for the future of your company, organization or brand. *Vision script* is an important distinction. This is not just a statement, but a document that lays out your vision for the near (3-5 years) future. It then takes you through the proce *The Vision Driven Leader* is an excellent companion to the Michael Hyatt ecosystem. In fact, it's probably the primary book in understanding the power of the *Full Focus System.* *The Vision Driven Leader* explains the importance of developing a vision script for the future of your company, organization or brand. *Vision script* is an important distinction. This is not just a statement, but a document that lays out your vision for the near (3-5 years) future. It then takes you through the process of developing that vision script by answering 5 questions: * What do you want? * Is it clear? * Does it inspire? * Is it practical? * Can you sell it? You then compile that vision considering 4 categories: * Your team * Your product * Your marketing * Your impact. Once you have your vision script, Hyatt then shows you how to sell your vision, and how to develop strategies for accomplishing your vision so you can achieve the results you want. This is required reading for understanding how to create *Your Best Year Ever,* Michael Hyatt's book on setting goals. The goals you set should be derived from your vision script. *Free to Focus,* Michael's book on productivity, explains the system for staying focused on the right tasks that move you towards your vision of your future. I really enjoyed this book. I wish I it had been written a long time ago. Having tried to implement the *Full Focus System,* I believe my roadblocks have been due to a lack of vision. This book helps me clarify a vision, the first step before establishing goals, and before developing a strategy on how to achieve those goals. As with all of Michael Hyatt's books, it is full of examples, short histories and stories which help illustrate the point. This makes for an enjoyable and easily digestible read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Still

    Michael Hyatt brings it in this one. A practical read on how to drive culture, results, and success through the process of creating a vision and communicating that vision to those you lead. Leaders create and cast vision, inspire and motivate, weigh and take risks, and focus on the long term. The best leaders are able to understand these and communicate them to people. Hyatt leads this book with then questions to drive these changes to create vision driven leaders, all while telling stories of t Michael Hyatt brings it in this one. A practical read on how to drive culture, results, and success through the process of creating a vision and communicating that vision to those you lead. Leaders create and cast vision, inspire and motivate, weigh and take risks, and focus on the long term. The best leaders are able to understand these and communicate them to people. Hyatt leads this book with then questions to drive these changes to create vision driven leaders, all while telling stories of the greats like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Brian Chesky, etc. Great read. Few of my favorite quotes to remember: "Clarity without inspiration leads to boredom and disinterest, and inspiration without clarity leads to excitement without direction." "It is true that integrity alone won't make you a leader, but without integrity, you'll never be one."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christophe Swanson

    "The Vision Driven Leader" provides a framework to create a clear vision including what issues cause resistance or even sink a vision. Michael starts with differentiating a leader and a manager. "Leaders create vision, while managers execute vision. Leaders inspire and motivate, while managers maintain and administer." In another section, the relationship among Vision, Strategy, Mission Statement and Core values is explained. "Vision is where you're going, and strategy is the path you're plannin "The Vision Driven Leader" provides a framework to create a clear vision including what issues cause resistance or even sink a vision. Michael starts with differentiating a leader and a manager. "Leaders create vision, while managers execute vision. Leaders inspire and motivate, while managers maintain and administer." In another section, the relationship among Vision, Strategy, Mission Statement and Core values is explained. "Vision is where you're going, and strategy is the path you're planning to take." Michael shows how vision transfers to quarterly goals and ultimately down to one's daily tasks. Also covered is how to sell, over communicate, and overcome resistance to the vision. What I really like about this book is that it is applicable to all levels of leadership from a small team to a CEO.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jola Van Dijk

    Pleasant and insightful read. Still have to use the free bonus vision scripter. Maybe after that I find it lifechanging, but for now mostly just a pleasant read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    I think I was looking for more on how to set a vision and got more on why.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Park

    This book is a quick read about a very important aspect of leadership. Leaders must be able to identify products and services that are missing from today's environment that the company can provide. Each chapter is about one aspect of what makes a good vision. The book also helps the leader develop their own vision statement. I think that many of these things can be applied to one's personal life and career plan, too. After all, in those areas, we also need to be able to see what the future could This book is a quick read about a very important aspect of leadership. Leaders must be able to identify products and services that are missing from today's environment that the company can provide. Each chapter is about one aspect of what makes a good vision. The book also helps the leader develop their own vision statement. I think that many of these things can be applied to one's personal life and career plan, too. After all, in those areas, we also need to be able to see what the future could look like in order to keep us motivated when setting and achieving goals.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dustin Turner

    I read everything Michael Hyatt puts out. This is a great resource for any leader, especially those casting vision. I’m looking forward to looking into his vision script online tool.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vish Agashe

    Much less than expected Laid out principles of good vision. Was hoping to see few examples of detailed vision and deconstruction of the vision to help understand principles.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Mikulsky

    I love Michael Hyatt's Lead to Win podcast and enjoyed his latest book very much. Here are a few memorable items I've found useful. Leader v. Manager? When asked by Harvard Business Review, “What makes a good manager?” GE’s legendary chairman and CEO Jack Welch responded with a crucial clarification: “I prefer the term ‘business leader,’” he said. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” Both roles are im I love Michael Hyatt's Lead to Win podcast and enjoyed his latest book very much. Here are a few memorable items I've found useful. Leader v. Manager? When asked by Harvard Business Review, “What makes a good manager?” GE’s legendary chairman and CEO Jack Welch responded with a crucial clarification: “I prefer the term ‘business leader,’” he said. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” Both roles are important, but they are fundamentally different and require different dispositions and skill sets. Leaders create vision, while managers execute vision. Leaders inspire and motivate, while managers maintain and administer. Leaders take risks, while managers control risks. Leaders stay focused on the horizon, while managers have their eye on short-term goals and objectives. Vision is a clear, inspiring, practical, and attractive picture of your organization’s future. It doesn’t have to be 10 or 20 years down the road, though that might be helpful. It’s an imagined future - usually just three to five years out - superior to the present, which motivates you, which guides day-to-day strategy and decision-making, and around which your team can rally. Without this, you’re effectively voting for the status quo. Your organization doesn’t need a leader unless they want to change. It doesn’t take a leader to maintain the status quo. While nobody can see the future, a vision can clarify the future and prepare a company for what is on the horizon. “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home,” said Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation in 1977. By contrast, Apple founder Steve Jobs predicted, “The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it into a nationwide communications network.” Jobs made that statement four years before the invention of the World Wide Web. Computer scientist Alan Kay is famous for saying, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” Vision is the first step in doing that. Without it, leaders are unprepared for whatever is coming next. Being unprepared for the future means overlooking key opportunities in the present. Vision keeps us attuned to possibilities that align with the future we see. Without a vision, those opportunities slide right by. Without a vision, the opposite is also a problem. When we’re unclear about our destination, we tend to make short-range decisions, pursuing whatever opportunities look good in the moment. A mission defines what a business is; a vision describes where it’s going. Mission is here; vision is still out there. Mission is now; vision is next. A proper Vision Script is not a tagline or a bumper sticker. It’s a robust document, written in the present tense, that describes your future reality as if it were today. The trick is to step into the future and record what you see in four key areas of your business: the future of your team, products, sales and marketing, and your impact. Vision is about shared sight. In her book Clarity First, Karen Martin identifies six key factors that keep leaders unclear. They’re all different, but they work to cloud the world around us: ignorance, lack of curiosity, overconfidence, cognitive biases, time constraints, and fear. Clarity without inspiration leads to boredom and disinterest, and inspiration without clarity leads to excitement without direction. Vision is about where you’re going, and strategy is the path you’re planning to take. Vision comes first because there’s no path without a destination. But without a path, there’s no progress. Thankfully, a practical vision suggests the strategy. Starting with the vision and working backward, we craft a strategy, then set goals, and then break down those goals into meaningful next steps. This is where long-term strategy and daily productivity meet. Vision Script -> Annual Plan -> Quarterly Goals -> Weekly Objectives -> Daily Tasks. Your job as a leader is to bring definition through repetition. The truth is, you can’t overcommunicate your vision to the organization. Constant communication helps people hold on to what matters most. 5 steps in developing your Vision Script: 1. Schedule it 2. Get the necessary input – surround yourself with good counsel 3. Trust the process 4. Tweak as you go – rethink, revise, recast 5. Go ahead and launch – sell the vision and then begin executing (“Perfection is just another way of saying procrastination.”)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jiri

    I belong to generation of Gen-Xers and the culture I live in is constantly trying for my immediate attention. As a result, we feel constant anxiety and fret from one project to another without enough pausing and reflection. We often run for instant gratification and fret again to deliver instant results for the generation of millennials. While doing that the author reminds us we need not forget to provide an overarching and commonly shared inspiring and meaningful vision for all of us to align w I belong to generation of Gen-Xers and the culture I live in is constantly trying for my immediate attention. As a result, we feel constant anxiety and fret from one project to another without enough pausing and reflection. We often run for instant gratification and fret again to deliver instant results for the generation of millennials. While doing that the author reminds us we need not forget to provide an overarching and commonly shared inspiring and meaningful vision for all of us to align with. If you are compelled like I was, stop, pause and reflect on the meaning of all of this now. Literature that would give clear instructions in a language everybody would understand on how to create your personal or business vision for your team is scarce and often speaks to the reader the corporate language and is full of empty phrases. Not so with The Vision Driven Leader. In his book Michael Hyatt – a productivity mentor talks from his own experiences, describes the meaning and the results of a vision driven leader's attitude and the consequences of leadership with the absence of a long-term vision, he also tells a story of a thoroughly crafted vision that has been long forgotten and never came to life and how we can avoid this from happening. In order for an organization and its leaders to fulfill their mission, and especially at times of distraction and immediate threat and fear, they must direct their behavior (strategy, the How?) towards commonly shared goals set in the near 3–5 year future (the What?) and constantly remind everybody (vision leaks and you ought not to contain it) in the form of a Vision Script an inspiring, concrete and actionable but not very long document. Creating such a key and fixed document must, the author argues, always precede flexible strategies. The book instructs you on how you can create such a feasible document for yourself and for your team regardless of who you lead. The book also presents a number of inspirational life stories of people who, through their relentless vision, have contributed to improving humanity and have exceeded their perceived possibilities – a climber Tommy Caldwell (The Down Wall), Jane Chen (Embrace Warmer, Little Lotus), Malala Yousafzai (right to education), Garett Camp and Travis Kalanick (Uber), Evelyn Berezin (Word processor) and more. At first, I was skeptical, especially now in a pandemic, whether it was appropriate and realistic to even consider future visions. With this book, I realized that right now rather than thinking about securing yourself for the next day, it is more important to create a vision for yourself, your family, your co-workers, and the company you work for to get over the difficulties of the day and set our eyes on hope and what we can benefit society and our loved ones with in the long run. Read it for inspiration, it will serve you well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chiraag Swaly

    We are at a time in Human history which is very tough and unpredictable, whether it is dealing with the repercussions of a global pandemic or constant changes in technology and disruptors in various sectors. This is when the leadership vision of organisations is determining their success and ability to navigate these difficult times and also to create the best opportunities to thrive. Vision becomes crucial so organisations can look beyond surviving and actually tapping into the abundance of pot We are at a time in Human history which is very tough and unpredictable, whether it is dealing with the repercussions of a global pandemic or constant changes in technology and disruptors in various sectors. This is when the leadership vision of organisations is determining their success and ability to navigate these difficult times and also to create the best opportunities to thrive. Vision becomes crucial so organisations can look beyond surviving and actually tapping into the abundance of potential and opportunities. This book really helps in understanding how Vision driven leadership can be developed and how a Vision-Deficient leadership is not a great way to lead. Michael provides a practical framework of 10 questions which are divided into three main parts: -The first part has 2 questions that help you understand why vision is so important, in fact it is crucial -The second part has 5 questions that help you draft your vision script -The third part looks at the practicalities of the challenge ahead The book structure is really useful as Michael uses stories of John F Kennedy and George W Bush and shows how approaches on defining vision (or the lack of) have determined the success the leaders have had. Michael explains his own leadership journey and uses very practical examples of organisations such as Apple, Kodak, Compaq, Nike, Lufthansa, NASA, NBA and many others. These really help in understanding the approach of a vision-driven leadership. Michael provides useful templates to use e.g. Questions for Prompting Vision, Vision Script and various steps on creating and selling a vision. What I really liked is the practicality of the book. It has a great balance of telling inspiring stories of great leaders with a vision and the amazing success they have had and then the practicalities of setting about doing this for your own organisation. We all need to be Vision-Driven leaders and also be led by Vision-driven leaders. A compelling vision will make that massive difference.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tõnu Vahtra

    "Vision is where you're going, and strategy is the path you're planning to take." I finished reading the book about a month ago and the fact that I do not remember much from it probably confirms that I did find any new mindset-altering ideas from it. The one term that I marked down was "low value fake work" as something that is not aligned with the vision and that we keep doing as procrastination. The 5 questions for developing a vision script: *What do you want? *Is it clear? *Does it inspire? (I "Vision is where you're going, and strategy is the path you're planning to take." I finished reading the book about a month ago and the fact that I do not remember much from it probably confirms that I did find any new mindset-altering ideas from it. The one term that I marked down was "low value fake work" as something that is not aligned with the vision and that we keep doing as procrastination. The 5 questions for developing a vision script: *What do you want? *Is it clear? *Does it inspire? (I do agree that this part can be difficult in some areas) *Is it practical? *Can you sell it? Vision is compiled considering 4 categories: your team, your product, your marketing and your impact. HBR asking Jack Welch: “What makes a good manager?” He responded with a clarification: “I prefer the term ‘business leader,’” he said. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.” Both roles are important, but they are fundamentally different and require different dispositions and skill sets. Leaders create vision, while managers execute vision. Leaders inspire and motivate, while managers maintain and administer. Leaders take risks, while managers control risks. Leaders stay focused on the horizon, while managers have their eye on short-term goals and objectives. “A practical vision is specific enough to suggest strategy, but not so specific it commits you to one particular strategy. Your vision is sacred, but your strategies can switch as needed. I like how my daughter and our company’s chief operating officer, Megan Hyatt Miller, puts it: “The way to achieve our goals is to hold them tightly and our strategies loosely.” “Leaders who refuse to listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing significant to say.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I’m a big fan of Michael Hyatt. I have previously read his book, Free to Focus after hearing about it on a podcast I listen to. I was vaguely familiar with him before then but getting into my “passion zone” really click with me. I’m a subscriber to his podcast “Lead To Win” and have downloaded many of his productivity tools. It’s through this that I heard about his upcoming book The Vision Driven Leader. I signed up to be on the book launch team and got excepted. They sent me a free Kindle copy o I’m a big fan of Michael Hyatt. I have previously read his book, Free to Focus after hearing about it on a podcast I listen to. I was vaguely familiar with him before then but getting into my “passion zone” really click with me. I’m a subscriber to his podcast “Lead To Win” and have downloaded many of his productivity tools. It’s through this that I heard about his upcoming book The Vision Driven Leader. I signed up to be on the book launch team and got excepted. They sent me a free Kindle copy of this book through Net Galley to be able to review it. I finished it today. While I didn’t connect with it at the same level as Free To Focus, I definitely enjoyed this book. I plan on reading it again as well as checking out the audio book version that I have preordered. In this book, Michael Hyatt goes through the steps of working through a vision for your company or organization. How can you get somewhere if you don’t know where you’re going? Accidents do happen but being intentional bears better results. Michael goes beyond the pithy or witty vision statements and talks about a vision script. I found this idea so compelling especially as a man of faith. Its about painting a mental picture of where you’re going as if you were already there. Just as a great painting has painstaking detail your vision script needs details. Michael teaches the brushstrokes needed to fill in the details of your masterpiece. If you’re a leader in your company, church, or other organization I encourage you to pick this up and start crafting your vision today. I’ll continue to be a big fan of Michael’s and use his tools to increase in vision and productivity as a leader. Pre-order your copy of Vision Driven Leader (launches March 31) at your favorite book retailer.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Justin Hughes

    Michael Hyatt is back, and this time with practical steps to developing a vision for your life and business. He takes you through 10 questions to ask when developing your vision. Part 1, which encompasses the first two questions, focuses on the critical importance of vision. Part 2 takes us through questions 3-7 and comprises the practical heart of the book, where Hyatt teaches us to craft a vision script that is clear, inspiring, and practical. Lastly, Part 3 shows us how to overcome resistance Michael Hyatt is back, and this time with practical steps to developing a vision for your life and business. He takes you through 10 questions to ask when developing your vision. Part 1, which encompasses the first two questions, focuses on the critical importance of vision. Part 2 takes us through questions 3-7 and comprises the practical heart of the book, where Hyatt teaches us to craft a vision script that is clear, inspiring, and practical. Lastly, Part 3 shows us how to overcome resistance, to "zag" in response to trouble, and a challenge to start. I was eager to read this, as I've struggled to get clarity on my vision for years. I expected chapter 3 to be my favorite since it talks explicitly about how to craft your vision script, but I was surprised by Chapters 7 and 8 being my favorites. Learning how to sell my vision and how to overcome the inevitable resistance helped me understand much of what has been tripping me up. If you're looking for a practical guide to developing and refining your personal or professional vision, then this will provide you the same straight-forward help that I've come to expect from Michael Hyatt. If you're still not convinced that vision matters, then I'd encourage you to get the book anyway (or borrow it), and read the first two chapters. P.S. There are an impressive number of references in the book. This isn't just Michael talking for 6 hours. I would guess more than 60% (conservative estimate) of the book is stories about businesses and people who had or didn't have a vision, and what happened.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brennen Sullivan

    In Vision Driven Leader, Michael Hyatt writes as a seasoned expert in the arena of leadership with the goal of challenging readers to embrace the importance of becoming vision-driven leaders. He begins by arguing that vision-driven leadership is necessary for any who desire to become compelling leaders whose life and business move beyond ordinary to extraordinary. The backbone of the book consists of Hyatt leading the reader through ten questions that provide the foundation for crafting and cast In Vision Driven Leader, Michael Hyatt writes as a seasoned expert in the arena of leadership with the goal of challenging readers to embrace the importance of becoming vision-driven leaders. He begins by arguing that vision-driven leadership is necessary for any who desire to become compelling leaders whose life and business move beyond ordinary to extraordinary. The backbone of the book consists of Hyatt leading the reader through ten questions that provide the foundation for crafting and casting a compelling vision as well as the confidence to persevere through the challenging and rewarding process. Hyatt writes with the precision of a seasoned leader, but also with a warm and humorous candidness. A great balance of personal failures and successes, along with successes and failures of other companies and individuals, are present in the book. Practical application and anecdotes sprinkled throughout make the content very accessible and relevant for any leader, and insights from Hyatt’s many years of experience prove to be valuable tools for creating a vision. This book will be helpful for those just stepping into the waters of leadership as well as those who have been sailing in them for years. It provides a clear, concise and systematic process for developing an effective vision or evaluating and improving a current vision. Perhaps most useful is that the book not only motivates leaders to develop a compelling vision but also provides the practical steps to create and implement that vision.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Addison Roberts

    n Vision Driven Leader, Michael Hyatt lays out the importance of vision to your organization and then lays out a process for how to create and implement a clear vision in your business or organization. As a staff pastor in a large church, it is easy to focus exclusively on the next task. Often, these tasks can become silos. You will string one thing to the next and you will eventually arrive somewhere, or maybe you won’t. Who knows? This is an uninspiring picture but it tends to more or less be n Vision Driven Leader, Michael Hyatt lays out the importance of vision to your organization and then lays out a process for how to create and implement a clear vision in your business or organization. As a staff pastor in a large church, it is easy to focus exclusively on the next task. Often, these tasks can become silos. You will string one thing to the next and you will eventually arrive somewhere, or maybe you won’t. Who knows? This is an uninspiring picture but it tends to more or less be my reality. Through Vision Driven Leader, I have seen the importance of envisioning my destination. In addition to this, I have had a path laid before me of how to craft and script my vision (the book focuses on writing your “vision script.”). The great things about all of a Michael Hyatt’s books persist here. It is a short read without nonsense and fluff. The audio book is right around 4.5 hours.It packs a punch and words aren’t wasted. Additionally, Hyatt expertly lays out a path for those who have no idea what they are doing. He did this for me in Free to Focus and Your World Class Executive Assistant and he continues the streak in this text. I not only know what I should do. I know HOW to do it. Hyatt’s conversational style and engaging anecdotes help this book strike balance between helpful and challenging! You should read this book if you look at your organization and have a sinking feeling it could be better and that you could get it there. This book will help you pave the road to your vision and make you a more effective leader

  19. 4 out of 5

    Todd Buegler

    If you've read Michael Hyatt's earlier book, "Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World," the playbook is clear. And all of Michael Hyatt's products, from books to podcasts, to online courses, and so on, follow his playbook. I've always liked Michael Hyatt's stuff. I listen to the podcasts, and I've read the previous books. And while I generally liked them, I also felt like they were a part of an integrated platform designed to draw me into other products (and cost me more money.) This isn't a probl If you've read Michael Hyatt's earlier book, "Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World," the playbook is clear. And all of Michael Hyatt's products, from books to podcasts, to online courses, and so on, follow his playbook. I've always liked Michael Hyatt's stuff. I listen to the podcasts, and I've read the previous books. And while I generally liked them, I also felt like they were a part of an integrated platform designed to draw me into other products (and cost me more money.) This isn't a problem for me...but I always felt like the books weren't the complete story...I needed something different (online course...subscribe to a quarterly planner...etc...) to get the whole deal. So I ordered "Vision Driven Leader" expecting the same. But it feels like Michael, in this book, has taken a different approach. This book feels like the "whole thing." And there is good, helpful stuff here. Yes, there are online resources that I can access, but not at additional cost. And of course there are other resources I can purchase (coaching, etc...) but it doesn't feel like the ideas in this book are dependent on those products. I really liked this book. There is good, helpful content, and very practical steps. I'm looking forward to implementing some of it. I appreciate the focus of the book on questions, and the solid examples/stories of companies that have both succeeded, and failed. I will share this book with others. Thanks Michael Hyatt & Co. for a solid contribution to the conversation about vision.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rajat Mehndiratta

    "Our intelligence is what makes us human, and AI is an extension of that quality." — Yann LeCun AI is something that separates humans from robots. It gives the human power of cognitive thinking to machines. As Martin Seligman said, "a more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus because we thrive by considering our prospects." With modernization, our lifestyles have changed to an extent where we transition between working like machines to working like an AI-enabled system. Similarly, eve "Our intelligence is what makes us human, and AI is an extension of that quality." — Yann LeCun AI is something that separates humans from robots. It gives the human power of cognitive thinking to machines. As Martin Seligman said, "a more apt name for our species would be Homo prospectus because we thrive by considering our prospects." With modernization, our lifestyles have changed to an extent where we transition between working like machines to working like an AI-enabled system. Similarly, every business-leader or entrepreneur faces the challenge of distorting over a period from an AI to a simple programmed tool. Michael Hyatt, in his book " The Vision-driven Leader," has created a system that acts like a GPS that guides you to the path of creating success. No matter what stage your business is, whether a start-up or a full-blown success, this book illustrates how a vision can bring the much-needed zag at the right time. It annotates the differences between a leader and a manager and unfolds the secret steps to create a vision script. For me, the best part of the book is in the way it establishes practicality in each stage of bringing your vision to reality. Most of all, where it teaches you three main characters (tenacity, integrity, and courage) to overcome the resistance in your path. I would recommend it to every entrepreneur, small or big business owner, and especially to all dental colleagues who struggle to create a vision for their practices. This book will explicate on transferring your ideas to your team and would help you in bringing them on-board.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Liles

    Most people who have a singular vision of defining themselves and how they see things operate by what some of us call odd behavior. Take for example Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and numerous others who dared to make things happen and to get their organizations going. Now imagine applying this through Jesus Christ! Michael Hyatt, in my honest opinion, goes all out on giving the best possible advice in honoring Christ, putting people before ourselves (the leader), even so far as to giving special offers Most people who have a singular vision of defining themselves and how they see things operate by what some of us call odd behavior. Take for example Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and numerous others who dared to make things happen and to get their organizations going. Now imagine applying this through Jesus Christ! Michael Hyatt, in my honest opinion, goes all out on giving the best possible advice in honoring Christ, putting people before ourselves (the leader), even so far as to giving special offers in order to position their brand, their company even better. Those that I have mentioned I don't necessarily agree with how they have grown their companies or their businesses, but they had a vision in mind and that is to help people achieve something beyond themselves. Having said that this is what I believe Michael Hyatt has done to the best of his ability with this book. Michael Hyatt started of his career at Word Publishing while a student at Baylor University in Waco, TX. From there he has been a literary agent, joined Thomas Nelson, helped create the WestBow Press imprint, a white label vanity press. By 2006 Hyatt served as both chairman and chief executive of a Nashville, TN-based Christian books publisher, and since 2011 been only chairman of the same company. Since then he has started Hyatt and Co., writing several books on Leadership and seen his company grow 60% over a four year period. As I received this book complimentary from Baker Books I do my utmost to review honestly and fairly.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ellis White

    Michael Hyatt has done an excellent job of presenting a clear outline towards a path to become a leader that is driven by vision. He begins by outlining the difference between leaders with vision, and those without vision. Then he proceeds to helping the reader to create what he refers to as a "Vision Script"—a document that describes your future reality. Hyatt helps the reader to make sure such a statement is concrete, inspirational, practical and captivating. Finally Hyatt helps the reader ove Michael Hyatt has done an excellent job of presenting a clear outline towards a path to become a leader that is driven by vision. He begins by outlining the difference between leaders with vision, and those without vision. Then he proceeds to helping the reader to create what he refers to as a "Vision Script"—a document that describes your future reality. Hyatt helps the reader to make sure such a statement is concrete, inspirational, practical and captivating. Finally Hyatt helps the reader overcome potential obstacles such as resistance and feeling like things have been left too late to make a difference. As someone who leads a department within a larger business, I resonated with how this applies to the team I manage, as much as it does to the overall organization. Our organization has spent a lot of time thinking through our corporate vision, but I have spent little time thinking through the vision as it applies to my team. Michael's example of his time at Thomas Nelson helped me to realize that it is just as important to apply these principles to individual departments, as it is to the whole organization. If you are someone who leads a team of people and you want to know how to take your team from where you are, to where you can be, this book will be a tremendous help. It will enable you to see clearly where you are being ineffective, and give you a roadmap for how to lead through vision.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stan Stinson

    I think I have read all the books Michael Hyatt has written since Platform several years ago and have learned something from all of them. This one also falls into that category. In his latest, “The Vision Driven Leader”, he has focused on an often misunderstood topic, vision. Do you have it? Do you even know what it is and how important it is to the future of your business? Inside this book, you will learn why you need a vision and will explore 10 questions that will help you define your vision, I think I have read all the books Michael Hyatt has written since Platform several years ago and have learned something from all of them. This one also falls into that category. In his latest, “The Vision Driven Leader”, he has focused on an often misunderstood topic, vision. Do you have it? Do you even know what it is and how important it is to the future of your business? Inside this book, you will learn why you need a vision and will explore 10 questions that will help you define your vision, whether you are the leader of a large corporation, a small business or the leader of your own career or family. If I had to choose one quote from the book to share, and that is what I did here, it would be this one. “Vision is the essential ingredient for successful leadership. There’s no substitute.” Once you understand this principle, you can begin the process of defining, sharing and selling your vision. This book helps you to achieve that goal. I couldn’t share just one so here is another quote that is a one-sentence summary of what this book will do for you if you get your copy and follow the process outlined inside. “The Vision Driven Leader will show you how to craft a compelling vision and use it to guide your company forward with intention and energy.” I think you will agree this type of leadership will be invaluable as we emerge on the other side of this current pandemic. This book was written for just such a time as this. Get your copy today.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sean Anderson

    Michael, in his usual candor and down-to-earth practicality, has brought clarity to a traditionally nebulous topic. I have had the pleasure of reading most - if not all - of Michael Hyatt's books and none disappoint as it comes to practical takeaways. He always supplies proven frameworks for immediate activation on the part of the reader. (He doesn't leave us in the realm of theory only.) However, this book has a depth of substance and air of restful urgency that communicates to the reader-leade Michael, in his usual candor and down-to-earth practicality, has brought clarity to a traditionally nebulous topic. I have had the pleasure of reading most - if not all - of Michael Hyatt's books and none disappoint as it comes to practical takeaways. He always supplies proven frameworks for immediate activation on the part of the reader. (He doesn't leave us in the realm of theory only.) However, this book has a depth of substance and air of restful urgency that communicates to the reader-leader, "You need to hear this deep, and you need to hear it right now." The anecdotes & case studies themselves aren't just good examples. These are seamlessly woven to not only undergird the validity of his thesis, but even move the narrative forward. These stories range from chilling to triumphant. (Remember, these are people's lives we're talking about.) The book ends up presenting a Solomon-like proverb: Those who sow vision get where they're going; those who don't never get going. And yet, even with all of the sobriety this contribution brings us, Michael threads every chapter with encouragement and every page with the hope and inspiration needed to know that - no matter what state your organization is currently in - it is never too early to start the process of creating a Vision Script, and it's never too late either. And in tenuous times, (s)he who has the most hope has the most influence. Thank you, Michael. Job well done.

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.B. Sisam

    This is a life-changing book. So many leaders struggle with crafting a compelling vision to help their followers understand what's going on inside the leader's heart. Michael Hyatt has crafted an easy to follow system to declutter the mind, distill down to the heart of a leader's vision, and a simple to follow process for writing it down and how to leverage your team's ideas and thoughts so you can place your church or business in a place to win. One of my favorite quotes in the book come near th This is a life-changing book. So many leaders struggle with crafting a compelling vision to help their followers understand what's going on inside the leader's heart. Michael Hyatt has crafted an easy to follow system to declutter the mind, distill down to the heart of a leader's vision, and a simple to follow process for writing it down and how to leverage your team's ideas and thoughts so you can place your church or business in a place to win. One of my favorite quotes in the book come near the end - "Waiting feels safe, but waiting kills vision. Where will you take your team...?" In other words, don't wait until you have crafted the perfect vision, start somewhere, start today, and leverage your future with a good plan today. General George Paton said, "A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed next week." I highly recommend this book to any pastor, church leader, business coach, leader, or CEO who is looking for a way to cultivate change today, so they can win tomorrow. *I read this book as part of Michael Hyatt's Launch Team. I signed up and was given a free digital copy through NetGalley. This review is of my own thoughts and opinions. I also purchased a copy of the book because it was that good!*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    As a longtime listener of Michael Hyatt’s “Lead to Win” podcast, I know he provides a massive amount of value from his years of experience in leading teams throughout his career. He frequently illustrates points and steps in his systems with real-world examples that are very helpful in understanding and remembering these key findings. “The Vision Driven Leader” had tall expectations to meet and it crushed every one of them! Michael lays out the formula in plain detail for leaders to recognize th As a longtime listener of Michael Hyatt’s “Lead to Win” podcast, I know he provides a massive amount of value from his years of experience in leading teams throughout his career. He frequently illustrates points and steps in his systems with real-world examples that are very helpful in understanding and remembering these key findings. “The Vision Driven Leader” had tall expectations to meet and it crushed every one of them! Michael lays out the formula in plain detail for leaders to recognize the importance of vision, how it differs from strategy, how to gain “buy-in” across your organization and many other essential elements for successful vision. Among many insights I’ve taken away from this book is how I can picture and now articulate vision. Michael says, “Vision is an act of seeing what the future could be, and then articulating that potential in an inspiring, clear, practical, and attractive way.” If you’ve ever encountered a Michael Hyatt blog post, podcast episode or other valuable resource he has shared freely, you already know the expertise and candor he provides to leaders of all organizations. You should absolutely read this book and put into practice these principles so you can lead by casting a vision that resonates with your whole team!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Plyler

    In his latest book, the Vision Driven Leader, best-selling author, podcaster and executive coach Michael Hyatt guides his readers through a series of questions to write a "Vision Script" for their organization. Much more detailed than the typical short, pithy mission statement, a vision script is the result of a leader stepping into the future and describing what they see in detail- in their team, their products, their sales, and their impact on the world. According to Michael, “A mission define In his latest book, the Vision Driven Leader, best-selling author, podcaster and executive coach Michael Hyatt guides his readers through a series of questions to write a "Vision Script" for their organization. Much more detailed than the typical short, pithy mission statement, a vision script is the result of a leader stepping into the future and describing what they see in detail- in their team, their products, their sales, and their impact on the world. According to Michael, “A mission defines what a business is, a vision describes where it’s going.” Throughout the book Michael shares stories of individuals and organizations that were able to triumph because of visionary leaders, and those that failed due to lack of vision. Through these stories, thought provoking questions, and the Vision Script process, the reader learns the difference a clear, well-communicated vision can make in an organization. And he gives us the toolbox to achieve it. In these uncertain times I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes from the book… “If the vision is compelling enough, people will apply their best thinking and efforts to figure it out, regardless of the obstacles and opposition.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt is very helpful, concise, and immediately applicable for leaders at all levels. Based on ten questions to guide you through the whole process, the framework takes you step-by-step through both how he discovered the process was necessary for success as well as how to implement it no matter where you are in your leadership journey. "If the vision is compelling enough, people will apply their best thinking and efforts to figure it out" is a line near the be The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt is very helpful, concise, and immediately applicable for leaders at all levels. Based on ten questions to guide you through the whole process, the framework takes you step-by-step through both how he discovered the process was necessary for success as well as how to implement it no matter where you are in your leadership journey. "If the vision is compelling enough, people will apply their best thinking and efforts to figure it out" is a line near the beginning that sets that groundwork for where Hyatt is taking us. Closer to the end he reminds us that "If it fails to inspire, it will surely expire." Some may think these are mere fluffy lines, and if they were just left there on the page, perhaps they would be. Hyatt builds on them with concrete, actionable steps to help us craft our own Vision Script. As both the leader of a professional development design team for a large urban school district as well as a solopreneur, I found The Vision Driven Leader to be immensely helpful in clarifying the long-term vision I have for where I see the best work being done in both areas--ahead with clarity and well-defined language that makes it easy for all to see.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Christie Saas

    I read The Vision Driven Leader with the lens of a non-profit Executive Director. What resonated the most for me was the need to let go of the dated vision traps we allow our non-profits to fall into. There is an unwritten old-school code that the membership, through the board, creates the vision for the non-profit and it must never change. That might have been true in the first few years of operation, but not now. Non-profit leaders have a far greater knowledge of the organization, the needs of I read The Vision Driven Leader with the lens of a non-profit Executive Director. What resonated the most for me was the need to let go of the dated vision traps we allow our non-profits to fall into. There is an unwritten old-school code that the membership, through the board, creates the vision for the non-profit and it must never change. That might have been true in the first few years of operation, but not now. Non-profit leaders have a far greater knowledge of the organization, the needs of clients, and the trend/issues. It is essential to be able to harness that knowledge and create a true vision for our organizations. In The Vision Driven Leader, non-profit leaders will find processes with a familiar strategic planning feel. The big difference is the call to action for the Executive Directors, not the Board, to create the vision. It is concept that will shake you out of your daily administrative drudgery. You will feel empowered. Expect an awakening of your passion for the work you do. I can't imagine a more wonderful gift for any non-profit leader looking to do more, and that's what Michael Hyatt provides. @MichaelHyatt #VisionDrivenLeader

  30. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    Know Where You Are Going - And Know Why! The Vision Driven Leader demonstrates that a vision that is clearly defined, compelling, communicated, and shared is relevant and directly connected to successful outcomes. The book walks the reader through a group of questions to help define the vision. The book seems primarily focused on the "big picture" meaning of vision and how it differs from just having a corporate mission statement. What resonated with me particularly is the realization that the inf Know Where You Are Going - And Know Why! The Vision Driven Leader demonstrates that a vision that is clearly defined, compelling, communicated, and shared is relevant and directly connected to successful outcomes. The book walks the reader through a group of questions to help define the vision. The book seems primarily focused on the "big picture" meaning of vision and how it differs from just having a corporate mission statement. What resonated with me particularly is the realization that the information can be applied in very similar ways to individual goals and projects. I became better at setting goals, eliminating, automating and delegating through studying the "Your Best Year Ever" and "Free to Focus" courses and reading the books. I also read "Living Forward" and created my first life plan. I have fallen short by skipping over having a compelling why - i.e. skipping over the vision - and losing my way. "You lose your way when you lose your Why" (Michael and Gayle Hyatt). The Vision Driven Leader has driven this point home for me. I will be using these techniques for my personal goal setting as well as with my team at work.

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