Practice #11: Vision- Focus on a Shared Positive Future
“The best way to
predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln
Do you feel you are motivating your team by creating and
communicating a clear vision?
I believe that almost all people go to work hoping to make a
difference at their company, but often wind up discouraged when they ultimately
cannot see how their work impacts the bigger picture. At the end of the day, a
career should more than simply a paycheck; it should be something that leaves
one with a sense of satisfaction. If a leader can find a way to give his
followers that sense of fulfillment at the close of each work day, then they
will find themselves at the head of one of the most productive and happy teams
in the modern business world.
In reality, it is not that simple because there are many
factors that should shape the overall vision. You’ll be adjusting your ideal
picture with other leaders, your team, and market forces over time. However, as
a leader, it is important to do your best to help everyone have a sense of
where the company and team is headed.
1. Create a statement to
the best of your ability of where the following will be in the two years. Use
your imagination and create as much detail as possible:
– Your team
1. Before the meeting,
have everyone do the leadership assignment above and ask them to bring the
results to the meeting.
one by one and then create a positive vision the group can support for each
based on what they know now and what they can imagine happening in the future. 3. Refer to the
results as needed and repeat this exercise each year.
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