There have always been people who have the grand dreams, the big visions, the almost-impossible-to-accomplish view of the horizon.  For some, that is what drives them, what motivates them.  Yet for me, I take pleasure in the microsteps.  Yes, we do need those with the big visions to help ensure we know what we are trying to achieve in the end.  But in order to do, others (like me) need to ensure the microsteps are in place.  After all, as one famous saying suggests, “a journey begins with 1 step”.

What is a microstep?  It is that first direction, that first step towards the vision.  It is ensuring that the foundation towards the vision is in place.  After all, if that’s off, then the whole path needs to be corrected (and better to do so with microsteps and large leaps).  Especially if the vision involves a large network or institution, while the grand vision helps to see what could be, it is the microstep that helps to direct (or redirect in some cases) towards that vision.  It is helping those who can’t always envision the big picture to see the tangible and to move towards it.

From a second-chair leader, the microstep is a way to lead without moving too far away or ahead from the organization’s big picture.  Sometimes, second chair leaders think they need to introduce what they believe is “the grand vision” and try to influence the organization to do so to make an impact.  First of all, if a second chair tries to do that, then they are really trying to become the first chair, not fulfilling the duties of the second chair.  Secondly, the microstep allows the second chair to take initiative in helping to move the organization forward.  Yet it’s not so far ahead that if the second chair needs to be reigned in, the “damage” is minimal.  It allows the second chair to exercise his/her leadership skills within the given vision of the first chair.

I tend to like microsteps.  It helps to bring others who can’t see the big picture to participate and move towards the big picture in very tangible, achievable ways.