There is a dialectic between what is (e.g., reality) and what could be.
As Ecclesiastes reminds us, there is a time for everything, including a time to acknowledge what is, the reality, and recognize it for what it is — in all its messiness, creativity, craziness, lack, and fullness.
As leaders, we try to uphold our strategies and visions with every might of energy we have. But there is a time when it is important and necessary to acknowledge what is before us — the reality, what “is.”
The reality before us is the first step toward what could be. Until we see and accept what is, we have no hope of achieving what could be.