Looking Through the Turn on the Leader's Journey

Posted by Greg Smith on April 12, 2012

Our president and CEO, Elise Mitchell, is speaking today at IMPACT 2012, a leadership development day for business executives, hosted by the Abilene Christian University College of Business Administration. An avid motorcycle rider, Elise knows you must always be looking ahead to see obstacles and opportunities as you travel. The same applies to our personal and professional lives as well. Therefore, it only makes sense that her presentation will be entitled Looking Through the Turn on the Leader’s Journey.

This month, we will be posting a series of excerpts from this presentation in hope that we might provide you with some tips and insight on how you can “look through the turn” as you journey through your career and your life.


Looking through the turn is a fundamental principle of motorcycling that offers great business insight. As you approach a turn, you must look where you want to go rather than fixating on potential hazards within the turn itself. The challenge comes in keeping your eyes focused on where you want to end up while using your instincts and experience to make necessary adjustments within the turn -- all at a moment's notice.

Below are a few tips to help you and your business look through the turn. We will touch on each on these in upcoming blog posts.

  • Focus on the end goal, not the obstacles you may face along the way.
  • Anticipate change.
  • Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know.
  • Stand for something. Set timeless values and make them clear to everyone around you.
  • Know how and when to take risks.
  • Leverage opportunity.
  • Don’t try to go it alone.
  • Know how to celebrate success.
  • Know the importance of focusing on others.

Remember, even though the road ahead may be filled with curves, hazards and steep climbs, it's the businesses and leaders that stay focused on what’s ahead that tend to achieve the greatest success. Be content to just be on the journey today but always keep the destination in mind. And above all, enjoy the ride.

We invite you to share with us your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter at #MCGblog.