Anticipation

The most important thing you learn as a sports photographer is anticipation - not where the action is taking place, but where it's going to take place. Not where the subject is now, but where they're going to be. - Lawrence Schiller

Are we able to anticipate not only where the customer is today, but where they are going to be in the next two years? Are we able to anticipate what the business needs are one year from now? Are we able to anticipate whether the technology choices we are making today will position us to innovate better than competition? Are we able to anticipate what our product is going to be as user behaviors change? Are we able to anticipate how the problem we are solving today will allow us to change the lives of millions of people using our product? Are we able to anticipate the health of our company based on the choices we make today? Are we able to anticipate where the action is going to take place?

Because, anticipation is what leads to innovation. Great leaders anticipate. Others follow.