1 A vision can also be likened to the tonality
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A vision can also be likened to the tonality of a company or group—the key in which the piece is written.Atonal music—music with no home key—never developed into a universal art form precisely because there is no sense of destination.How can you know where you are unless you have a point of reference?Music that explores only simple tonic and dominant harmonies is boring because there is no room for development.Or analogously, how inspiring is it to work for a company governed only and forever by its habitual way of doing things?Complexity, tension, and dissonance can give life to an organization as they can to music, but they do not present a coherent structure unless you can hear the home key, or connect to a vision.When a vision is leading an organization, it is instantly and steadily accessible to all members of the group.A vision is the organization’s own toes to nose.Our budget has tripled, and we [are](https://gitee.com/uk_b6a6/sync/wikis/Nursery Management Systems) running comfortably in the black—a most unusual situation for a nonprofit classical music organization—yet we’ve never raised the price of our lowest priced tickets, and we give away any returns to homeless shelters.Recordings that are compared favorably with major professional orchestras, programs and talks to get people who have never been to a classical music concert excited about music, a tradition of preconcert talks that are now drawing almost a full house, and an annual event where we team up with the phenomenal Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble to put on a great concert and a huge party with wild dancing.And when we want to do something like take the orchestra, two choruses, two children’s choirs, and eight soloists—four hundred musicians in all—to Carnegie Hall in New York City to do Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, we find a way to do it.When the office staff insisted on renting a storefront in a busy urban shopping area, I remember being puzzled as to why they were so adamant—since the majority of our business is conducted on the telephone and computers.We have installed a bench there so people can sit and listen and eat their lunch.He said, I like very much contribution.But what about money?You have to make money! My answer was that money has a way of showing up around contribution because money is one of the currencies through which people show they are enrolled in the possibility you are offering.That answer apparently was not enough for him.He rapidly countered, But what about the stockholders?