I was reading an article talking about the tenants of success. One of the key differentiators according to this article was having a strong vision of the future and the outcomes you desire.
One of my favorite quotes is by Jim Rohn:
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
In terms of managing others I've realized that I can't force anyone to do or want anything. I'm better served to figure out what they want and then find a way to incorporate that into a cohesive vision that helps them first and foremost and then the company.
I asked one of my very successful mentors how he was so effective at getting others to do a significant amount of work. His answer was as obvious as it was simple, "I find out what other people want and I give it to them." And note this individual was the most influential person I've ever been around in my life.
For myself I spend time every quarter focusing on what I want for my life. Through that vision I've built a company that aligns with who I am and where I want to go. I'm still learning, but I constantly remind myself to re-focus and adjust my vision