Full Steam Ahead! 2nd Edition

Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Work and Your Life

Ken Blanchard (Author) | Jesse Lyn Stoner (Author)

Publication date: 04/04/2011

Bestseller over 280,000+ copies sold

Full Steam Ahead!
  • New edition of a book that has sold over 250,000 copies and been translated into twenty-one languages.

  • Cowritten by legendary business author Ken Blanchard

  • Shows how to create an enduring vision for a successful and fulfilling business and personal life

Vision is the vital extra ingredient for truly satisfying, long-term success. Without a vision, you'll end up reacting rather than acting, and sooner or later you'll get lost. But if you have a compelling vision, you'll be so clear about your purpose, so committed to it, and so sure about your ability to accomplish it that you'll be able to recognize obstacles, taken them into account, and press on.

Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner show how to create a vision for your organization, your team, and your own life that will unleash your power and potential and allow you to go full steam ahead! The lessons of this book are revealed through the inspirational story of two people who discover the three elements of a compelling vision: significant purpose, clear values, and a picture of the future. Along the way, Blanchard and Stoner offer numerous examples of effective visions and show exactly how to create an enduring vision vision that will guide you on a daily basis.

This new edition is thoroughly revised, with a new chapter on sustaining your vision, updated examples, more information on creating vision for teams, and a new section that includes a vision assessment and action resources.

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  • New edition of a book that has sold over 250,000 copies and been translated into twenty-one languages.

  • Cowritten by legendary business author Ken Blanchard

  • Shows how to create an enduring vision for a successful and fulfilling business and personal life

Vision is the vital extra ingredient for truly satisfying, long-term success. Without a vision, you'll end up reacting rather than acting, and sooner or later you'll get lost. But if you have a compelling vision, you'll be so clear about your purpose, so committed to it, and so sure about your ability to accomplish it that you'll be able to recognize obstacles, taken them into account, and press on.

Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner show how to create a vision for your organization, your team, and your own life that will unleash your power and potential and allow you to go full steam ahead! The lessons of this book are revealed through the inspirational story of two people who discover the three elements of a compelling vision: significant purpose, clear values, and a picture of the future. Along the way, Blanchard and Stoner offer numerous examples of effective visions and show exactly how to create an enduring vision vision that will guide you on a daily basis.

This new edition is thoroughly revised, with a new chapter on sustaining your vision, updated examples, more information on creating vision for teams, and a new section that includes a vision assessment and action resources.

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Visit Author Page - Ken Blanchard
Ken Blanchard is the founder and chief spiritual officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the coauthor of several best-selling books, including The One Minute Manager®_and The New One Minute Manager®, Raving Fans and Gung Ho! His books have combined sales of more than twenty million copies in forty-two languages. Ken is also cofounder of Lead Like Jesus, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and equipping people to be servant leaders.

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Jesse Lyn Stoner, founder of Seapoint Center, has worked closely with leaders for over twenty-five years, helping them create collaborative, engaged organizations that make a powerful and positive impact on the world. A business consultant, former executive, and bestselling author, Jesse has worked in a wide range of industries including Fortune 500s, small startups, government agencies, and nonprofits.

Jesse coaches leaders, faciliates building high performance teams, and facilitates large-scale collaborative change efforts. Her clients include Edelman, Marriott, SAP, Stanley, Skanska, The Hartford, and Yale University, to name a few.

Co-author, with Ken Blanchard, of the international bestseller Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision

which has been translated into 22 languages, she is also co-author of Leading at a Higher Level with Ken Blanchard et.al. Jesse was a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies from 1988 - 2007 and created many of the Blanchard programs and materials in the areas of team and organization development.

Jesse has authored several team and organizational assessments, including the popular Benchmarks of Team Excellence

, which measures whether a team shares a common vision and has developed the necessary processes and skills.

The Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog is ranked as one of the top 50 leadership blogs. Jesse was named by Huffington Post as one of the top leadership experts to follow on Twitter and was recently named by Inc. Magazine as one of 100 Top Leaderships Experts.

Jesse served as the Executive Director of Guest House Retreat and Conference Center during its start up period. Under her tenure they opened for business and consistently exceeded their revenue goals. Most recently Jesse facilitated the development and launch of the Berrett-Koehler Foundation and then served as the Executive Director during the start up period.

Jesse holds advanced degrees in psychology and a doctorate in organizational development from the University of Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Patrick Lencion

Preface

A Proper Ending

A Real Beginning

What Is Vision, Anyway?

Element 1: Significant Purpose

Element 2: Picture of the Future

Element 3: Clear Values

Vision Defined

Blurry Vision

You Can't Get There Unless You're Here

20/20 Vision: Company, Team, and Personal Visions

Creative Tension

From Vision to Reality: The Three Hows

How It's Created

How It's Communicated

How It's Lived

Staying the Course

From Success to Significance

Creating Your Own Vision: Guidelines and Application

The Full Steam Ahead! Model

Test Your Team Vision

The Game Plan

Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Services Available

Social Networking

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Excerpt

Full Steam Ahead!

A Proper Ending

I stood in disbelief as a cold wind lashed across my face. I can't believe he's gone, I thought. I couldn't imagine a world without Jim in it. Yet, here I stood at an open grave on this gloomy winter day. I looked around at those gathered with me. They appeared to be as shocked as I felt. Jim had meant so much to all of us.

As Jim's daughter Kristen read the eulogy, the familiar words comforted me, and I could almost sense his presence.

"Jim Carpenter was a loving teacher and example of simple truths, whose leadership helped him and others awaken to the presence of God in their lives. He was a caring child of God, a son, brother, spouse, father, grandfather, father-in-law, brother-in-law, godfather, uncle, cousin, friend, and business colleague, who strove to find a balance between success and significance. He was able to say no in a loving manner to people and projects that got him off purpose. He was a person of high energy who was able to see the positive in any event or situation. No matter what happened, he could find a 'learning' or a message in it. Jim valued integrity; his actions were consistent with his words; and he was a mean, lean, 185-pound, flexible golfing machine. He will be missed because wherever he went, he made the world a better place by his having been there.

A loving teacher and example of simple truths. I reflected how eloquently those words described the way Jim had lived his life. This was the essence of who he was. I smiled to myself as I thought about how the words even captured Jim's humor. He certainly loved golf, even though he had never become a "mean, lean golfing machine.

As we walked away from the cemetery, I caught up with Kristen.

"That was a lovely eulogy, I told her as I put my arm around her.

Kristen sighed and said, "Thanks, Ellie. But I didn't write it. I think Dad did. I was sitting at his desk in his study, trying to compose a eulogy, when I found this one lying in the top drawer. I thought it described him better than anything I could have written.

She paused a moment and continued, "But I don't know why he would have written it.

"I know why, I replied softly. "I was with him when he wrote it. He didn't write it for his funeral. It was his vision for his life. It guided him.

Continuing on my own as I headed toward my car, I reflected on Jim's vision. I considered how he had used the power of vision to transform the small insurance agency his father had started into a thriving, nationally recognized company. I chuckled to myself as I remembered how he had struggled at first, knowing he needed a vision but unsure how to create one. He wasn't one of the lucky people who woke up one morning with a clear vision. Yet by understanding the key elements of a vision and what was important about the process of creating, communicating, and living it, he'd been able to create a shared vision that unified and mobilized the people in his agency. Equally important, he had created a vision for his life. And I thought about how I had used those same lessons to create a vision for my life.

Then my thoughts raced back to the beginning of the journey—a journey that had transformed not only the agency but also both of us, so many years ago. It had been a different time, a different life, a different me—yet it felt as though it were only yesterday.

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Endorsements

"The clearest, the most cogent statement I've ever read that gives new meaning and life to visions. Even Dilbert will get it!"

--Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administrative, University of Southern California, and author of Still Surprised


"A wonderful road map through the very important territory of vision that can move into action. A powerful, simple guide for a journey we all need to take"

--Margaret J. Wheatley, author of Leadership and the New Science

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