One key tactic of IT and business leadership is for fellow teammates to see it as “our vision” rather than just the goals of the leader alone.  John Maxwell reflects on the need for more than the project manager to also ensure other key leaders buy into goals and overall mission for the project

Last week I talked to you about rewriting your story into one of significance. You may have been thinking more about how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Today I want to encourage you to think big:

How can you partner with like-valued people to make a bigger difference than you could on your own?

Whenever I spoke, I talked about my dream.  I was looking for people with a heart to make a difference and who could make things happen. And as I spread the word about what I wanted to do and how I wanted to include others, many people joined me. I was passionate, and passion is contagious. Many people eagerly climbed aboard “The Maxwell Train.”

At first, I thought that was success. It took me a couple of years to figure out that many of the people who were joining me in the early days just wanted to come along for the ride. They liked my enthusiasm and energy, and they wanted to be close to me, but they didn’t necessarily share the same passion I had for significance, for making a difference with others. They just wanted to hang out. They lacked the passion to make a difference, which meant they didn’t have the same goal or purpose I did.

This required another shift in my thinking. I had to stop the proverbial train and allow everyone who wasn’t holding a significance ticket to get off. Then, I had to proactively go out and attract the right people and begin the journey again.

So, who were the right people? – They were people who were already making a difference in the lives of others, not just people who wanted to hang out with those who were.

How was I going to connect with these people? – I realized I needed to create a clearer picture of what I was trying to accomplish. I needed to communicate clearly about my cause. Then I could see how they would respond. How big is your dream? Do you have a dream that’s bigger than you? If not, why not? Why not dream one size bigger? You can achieve significant things—if you invite others to help you.

I believe your first step is to approach people who are already making a difference in their own way. Then you need to communicate clearly about your big dream. Paint a picture of the significance story you’d like to write together. And invite them to join you. Together, you can achieve great things and make a great change in your world.