The Cathedral and the Importance of Communicating the Vision and Mission

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The Cathedral and the Importance of Communicating the Vision and Mission
Vilma Cobos, Member
Three stonemasons (stone workers) are working on a construction when a traveler comes in and asks them, "What are you doing?"
- The first mason, who seems bored and unhappy at his job and is frequently looking at his watch, replies: "I'm just hammering rock".
- Then the visitor approaches a second worker who seems happier and is working more diligently, and asks again: "what are you doing?" and the second worker responds, "I'm molding this block of rock so it can be used to construct a wall".
- Finally the traveler approaches a third worker who is working on the stones fervently and with great care and precision, and again the visitor asks "what are you doing?" and the worker replies, "I'm building a cathedral".

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Daniel MOUSSOUGAN, Member
That is an excellent story, describing realistic s...

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Jack Blanc
The three workers will all eventually finish their...

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Tom Wilson has rightly @
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