Do you practice the power of 10?

The concept was first created in a video from the 1970s and shared with me by Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, as a characteristic future leaders need to possess.

The video starts with a family enjoying a picnic. But then it zooms further and further out ten times until the viewer is in space.

But that’s not all. The family picnic scene then zooms in closer and closer until you see the atoms and molecules of the people.

What does this have to do with leadership? Leaders have to practice the power of 10, or be able to zoom in and zoom out. You need to be involved in the micro activities and strategy and also be able to zoom out to see the bigger picture.

Zooming out means setting the vision and mission for your team, looking at future trends, and creating long-term strategy. Zooming in means building individual relationships, focusing on singular projects, and having one-on-one conversations.

Leaders are often good at zooming in or zooming out, but it takes practice to be able to think both ways and swift back and forth between the two.

Being a great leader is all about vision–can you zoom in and out to practice the power of 10?

I put together a video which talks about this in more detail. Please check it out below.

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