For years I have heard that the practice of long-term planning is passé. The time frames of planning changed from 5 years down to 3, then 2, and now many are positing that in essence flying by the seat of your pants so you can “pivot” with technology and the changing times is the only way to go.

This is one of the more foolish and short-sighted things you can do. If one wants to become a decent accountant one best have a 7 or 8 year plan, likely the same for a doctor, scientist, pastor, musician, etc. The compound effect of incrementally moving towards a big goal is the stuff that takes vision.

If you are leading, you must be discerning for your team where you are leading them, and then painting them a picture of not only what that looks like but the path to get there. To say that it is impossible to strategize many years out is akin to giving up before you start.