So why do you think the casting of ballots is so low?
I have a thought on that.
Ballot casting is low because Vision casting hasn’t happened.
Vision casting is THE most important aspect of a leader. It’s important in business and it is vitally important in the world of politics.
I’ve watched the local elections and candidly, I’m bored by it all. Bored because no one on the ballot – including our now Mayor Lenny Curry — have shared an exciting vision with us. They haven’t captured our hearts or brought us something to rally behind. Nothing. Nada.
Their campaigns are all about …
Running Against Someone instead of Running for Something
You see dear friends, people follow a vision. They want to be inspired. They want to be a part of something big. They want to be Ambassadors for Jacksonville.
But alas…We the People of Jacksonville are still waiting for that Vision. And the irony is this: Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been used to fly around the world looking at other cities and how they improved this or that and still — Jacksonville — especially downtown — is sitting in the ashes of demolished buildings and broken promises.
And we still don’t know what we want to be when Jacksonville grows up.
The questions are many for those running in this local election:
Where is the master plan for Jacksonville?
What kind of city do we want to be?
Where are we going?
How will we get there and how will we fund it?
Oh if we only had a vision! Can you imagine the turnout at the polls today. Can you see lines of people outside the door chatting with each other and excited about being a part of something big?
But alas – that’s not what today will bring us. Instead a few more people will head to their local polling place and will walk inside without a wait and check the boxes on their ballot. Yawn. Sigh.
And a handful of people will decide who will lead our city. Just a handful.
The ballots cast will indicate the lack of a vision cast for our city.
It will be a boring day in Jacksonville today. So sad.
I’m still going to go vote and hope you will too. As boring as it may be.
“Without a vision, the people perish.”
Billie Tucker Volpe
Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.