Vision: To See What Others Can’t

In my work in the last twenty years in the nonprofit arena, I have met and collaborated with dynamic women leaders.  They all had different skill sets and strengths.  Some were fabulous fundraisers, others were powerful public speakers, and yet others were financial wizards.  They worked at grassroots, small, medium, and large organizations.

I struggled with this post, but I’m a  person who gives credit where credit is due.

Christine McMahon, President and CEO of The Fedcap Group, is one of the most visionary nonprofit leaders I have encountered in the past twenty years.  Under her leadership, The Fedcap Group has expanded its footprint, becoming an international organization, with Fedcap U.K., and Fedcap Canada.

Every Wednesday, in her “Wednesday Morning Buzz,” Christine McMahon shares some of her current thinking, along with articles she has been reading that’s informing her thought leadership.  As someone who teaches a graduate level leadership course, I am always gleaning these articles and sharing with my students.  My previous supervisor would, at staff meetings, joke, “I bet you Eric read the latest ‘buzz’ from our President and CEO.”  Once, I responded, ”Why would I not want to get into the head and the thinking of a visionary leader who sees what others can’t?”  I’m my previous supervisor’s successor, in part, methinks, because I, too, see what others can’t.


About William Eric Waters, aka Easy Waters

Award-winning poet, playwright and writer. Author of three books of poetry, "Black Shadows and Through the White Looking Glass: Remembrance of Things Past and Present"; "Sometimes Blue Knights Wear Black Hats"; "The Black Feminine Mystique," and a novel, "Streets of Rage." All four books are available on
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