The Power of Intent

Today, I tried to connect together a series of Bose speakers. I followed the instructions that came with it.

For some reason, despite following the instructions, I cannot get it to work… all of them to emit sound together in unison from one source.

So I decided to take a break from this frustrating exercise.

As I reflected back, I decided to throw away the instructions and stepped back to see the intent of the instructions… what was the intent?

Once I figured out the intent, I went ahead without any instructions and… the Bose speakers emitted sound together in unison from one source!

That exercise underscored the power of intent… it makes you think! Much better than following, mindlessly, instructions.

This applies to leadership as well: if you want to create leaders, give them intent, not instructions.

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