During a coffee with the boss of arguably one of the world's great tourist attractions the Sydney Bridge Climb, Todd Coates told me about Visionaries Disease
. It is a disease where every day the boss walks into the office with a different dream, a different vision, a different goal or a new idea and expects everybody to drop everything and change direction to follow him. That's visionary disease. I recently watched a video of a keynote presentation by Steve Job's CEO of Apple that was filmed back in 1997. What was astonishing about this piece of footage was that he told of his vision of having everything stored in the cloud. He articulated the dream of not only the cloud (which has now become a reality) but also of how he saw apps and the development of such working in the future. So today in 2011 as they roll out the Apple cloud and revolutionise every category and industry through the development of apps, the dream that he once had may have taken a while to come to fruition but it has. It takes courage for a leader of an organisation
to have a dream, articulate it and stick by it. Don't fall into the trap of Visionaries Disease where you get caught up in the latest fad and chop and change the picture of the future. A danger of Visionaries Disease is that you frustrate those that are following you, you distract them, you become uncensored, unfocused and if you don't know where you are going, try any road to get you there. When Todd told me about Visionaries Disease I could immediately identify it, as I work with a lot of leaders who either have no vision, no dream or desperately suffer from Visionaries Disease.