Recently I listened to an interview from the guys at Catalyst with Rick Warren, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven® Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?.
It's no secret that Rick Warren is an amazing leader who's built a church and led a movement that has saved thousands of people to Christ.
As I listened to the interview, I noticed how forward thinking he was. In the interview he outlined how him and his staff at Saddleback had started the church in 1980 with four decades of planning. He said they had a specific focus for the church for each decade that he wanted the church to focus on and work on.
Pretty amazing that as a small unknown pastor who barely knew what he was doing, had the foresight and thought to be planning 40 years ahead!
As a leader, are you thinking forward? What do you see in your life and your organization one year ahead, five years ahead, twenty years ahead, forty years ahead?