Transforming a Dream into Reality The most successful businesses of today’s world started out as little more than a simple dream. For example, Bill Gates dreamed of building a business that put a computer in every home in America, at a time when computers were both bulky and expensive.
Microsoft Microsoft helped make that possible with the development of DOS and Windows. Had he never tried to make his dream a reality, who knows how differently computers would have developed. Perhaps someone else would have picked up the slack. Maybe Steve Jobs would have been the first on the scene. On the other hand, what if someone else didn’t? How would offices look today in comparison? The dream came to pass through hard work and the passing of the dream. Bill inspired his colleagues to greater heights—both within the company and outside of it. The war between Microsoft and Apple has pushed the two companies to outdo each other for decades now. That competitive spirit drives innovation. On top of that, it inspired the creation of Linux, a user programed and driven operating system that is free to download and extremely efficient. Without the dueling companies, would Linux ever have been created? All this innovation can be traced back to one dream: put a computer in every home. The fruition of that dream has helped hasten the creation and improvement of the digital world.
Bill Gates It began the day that Bill Gates decided to act on his dream rather than leave it to his imagination. It started there and expanded. As Bill worked to bring his dream to light, he had to trust it with others. No empire can be built by one person alone.
The leader must have a task force of helpers to make the dream possible. Bill had to share his vision and entrust tasks to employees. They had to capture the vision too. It’s the only way to help the team work with purpose towards the larger goal. The vision inspires people to act and talk in a certain way. It inspires a code of conduct that will only help and spread the brand, never hurt it. It’s a form of compliance training that comes from trusting someone with the special part of you that carries the dream. If you can get your employees to catch the same fever you have, then they’ll be more willing to work for you with blood, sweat, and tears. They’ll make decisions that will strengthen your company rather than pursue selfish interests. The key is to spread the dream.
Training It will work as a deeper form of compliance training than a list of rules ever could. Although you would still want to hold formal compliance training to explain the rules, spreading the dream gives them a “why” to all of those rules. When they have the “why,” they’re more likely to follow the “what.” Some of the most successful businessmen have followed this model. They’ve turned their dreams into realities by sharing them with their employees. That changed how everyone worked and spread the image of the company throughout the world. Photo Credit: Sanofi2498, Mendhak
The most successful businesses of today’s world started out as little more than a simple dream. For example, Bill Gates dreamed of building...