Is Your “Vision” Clear?

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Vision is the gift of great leaders.  It identifies you as the leader.  Vision tells those following you, “We are going somewhere.  We are headed towards a better tomorrow.  Follow me!”      –    But are they following?

In a speech at Texas University on September 12, 1962, President John F Kennedy said, “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win, and the others, too.”

I remember watching that speech on our black and white television as a kid, not realizing how impactful that message would end up being to the entire world.

It was a compelling vision that gave specific reasons why the challenge needed to be conquered.  And people connected with it.

So, let’s look at today’s leaders.  They have one characteristic that sets them apart.  Just like President Kennedy, they “See More – Before Others” do.  In other words, great leaders look ahead and envision what “might be possible” first.

But any old vision, or one that doesn’t resonate with people will never get off the ground.

In order to develop a compelling vision that people engage with, you should find the right answers to these 8 questions:

  1. Your Core Values – Who you will be as people
  2. Your Singular Focus – Why you are here and what you should be doing
  3. The 10 Year Target – Your Long-range goals
  4. Your Engagement Strategy – How you will engage people in the Vision
  5. Your 3 Year Benchmark – What 3 successful years should achieve
  6. Your One Year Plan – How 4 Quarters get you closer to the 10 year Target
  7. Your Quarterly Objectives – Short-Term activity to achieve the 1 Year Plan
  8. The Challenges that need to be addressed – The immediate problems to solve

Finding these answers will do several things for you:

  1. It will force you to come up with a Really Good Vision – You need the right one, not just the next one.
  2. If you’re smart, you will bring others into the “Vision Casting” process so that buy-in happens early, and you can learn where potential problems might develop before you decide on a final version.
  3. Whatever your final version is will be of higher quality leading to more alignment as you roll it out.

Finally, Vision is the foundation of everything we do as leaders.  Without a Clear and Compelling Vision – communicated consistently and often – those who are charged with implementing it will never help you see it through.

Application:    Discerning and developing the right vision, for yourself or your organization, will mean that you have to step out of the day-to-day activities to work “On” the vision.  I suggest that you schedule an initial “solitude session” where you get all your thoughts down on paper.  Then meet with a select group of your inner-circle to flesh out the details.

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Dan Mirgon

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