I recently listened to an author say that if they reflected on their life in the past three decades, and taken into account all the unique changes that occurred in those three separate spans of time; they could not have fathomed at the start of each ten year sequence how their life was going to be. Picture it this way, would your 40-year-old self have been able to see where you are now? Now what about your 30 year-old selves, and what if 20 year-old you could see where you are now? Would that person have seen you where you are today? Often times in our fast paced world we think in long linear terms, but fail to account for the change we will encounter along the way that may direct our path. As we apply this axiom to leadership and or instituting massive culture change in an organization, we have to break it down into achievable segments. Set your leadership and culture change goals into three categories, what I must do right now, what I must do tomorrow and what I must do next week. As we prioritize these goals we then begin to take into account all the things we must do to make these goals reality. The old Chinese proverb says “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.” Prioritize your goals, establish realistic benchmarks that make them reality and then go out and achieve them. That way in another 10 years you can look back and be amazed by what occurred that you never thought could have been possible.