Has Dave Ever Lost His Vision?

Troy wonders if Dave has ever lost his vision for his company and, if so, how he can get it back and not spread fear to the rest of his team members.

QUESTION: Troy in California wonders if Dave has ever lost his vision for his company and, if so, how he can get it back and not spread fear to the rest of his team members.

ANSWER: I never lost it, but fear is a part of everybody’s equation. If it’s not, you’re an arrogant fool. Everyone has some fear—in other words, the days you doubt your vision or doubt the direction or doubt that decision that you made as a part of an overall vision.

I think there are two categories of that stuff. As a leader in an organization, every word you say carries a lot of weight. Even if it’s a four-person organization, they’re all watching your words because it means whether they get paid Friday or not. You have to be careful and wise with your words. Some people are so careful and so wise that they forget to be real. The people who have been around long enough to trust that we’re not going to quit just because we had a doubt—I don’t mind sharing my doubts with them because it makes me more real because I really have had doubt. It’s kind of an integrity thing almost. I don’t mind sharing when I’m scared, but just because I’m scared doesn’t mean I’m going to quit. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to fight. It just means I’m scared or just got a doubt or I wonder about that vision. I don’t know about that direction, or if we make a mistake, we just say it out loud and go, “Boy, we sucked at that one. We’ve got to fix that. I screwed that up when I made that decision.” They love hearing that as long as it’s not an everyday affair. Being real balanced with the realization of the weight of your words is a good leadership balance.