An Effective Vision Does More Than Simply Show Where You’re Going
“Vision” is one of the most commonly used and most widely misunderstood terms. There’s a tremendous amount of power in a vision. But unfortunately when the term is not used or understood correctly, we lose out on the . . . → Read More: Create a Vision With Staying Power
Are you on track with where you want to go? You might have heard about team drift, but what about you as a leader? Is it possible you’ve drifted without realizing it?
Reasons We Get Off Track
A huge external shift
Sometimes we are thrown off track because of a sudden change in our . . . → Read More: Leadership Drift – How to Recognize It And Reclaim Your Purpose
The window shade company was struggling. Mary, a business consultant, asked the owner, “What business are you really in?”
The owner replied, condescendingly, “The window shade business, Mary.” Thinking to himself this conversation was a waste of time.
But undaunted, Mary asked again, “When someone walks into your store, why do they want a . . . → Read More: How to Identify Your Team or Organization’s Purpose
When you have a vision, you know where you want to go and you can see your next steps – but you won’t be able to see the entire path.
Vision is not about the path, it’s about the destination. As you take each step, the next step becomes clear as long as you . . . → Read More: A Big Goal Is Not The Same As a Vision
In Full Steam Ahead! Unleash the Power of Vision, we provide this definition of vision:
“Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going, and what will guide the journey.” – Ken Blanchard and Jesse Lyn Stoner
A much earlier definition I wrote is quoted by Zig Ziglar in Over the Top:
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I spent my 50th birthday at the most boring meeting of my life. At one point I had to pinch myself under the table to keep from falling asleep. I’ve attended a lot of meetings that are a waste of time – it’s part of my job. (I help teams improve their performance and . . . → Read More: No More Boring Meetings, Please!
“Our company had a big meeting a few weeks ago where the president laid out his vision. It means big changes and a lot of us were skeptical about it. But I have to say that by the end of his presentation, he had us all sold. It was pretty impressive.”
Frank had introduced . . . → Read More: Manage the Mid-Space or Your Vision Will Fail
Today’s post is a guest post by Mark Goulston, M.D. This article first appeared in the Los Angeles Times, distributed by Tribune Media Services. Dr. Goulston is a business psychiatrist, executive coach and author of Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone. Follow him on Twitter @MarkGoulston
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How long should your vision statement be?
The answer: Long enough.
Long enough to evoke a noble sense of purpose, provide a call to action, and describe a clear picture of your destination.
These four vision statements work because they condense a lot of information into an inspiring statement that is quickly understood by . . . → Read More: Vision Statements That Work: The Long and Short of It
What makes a vision work? Why do some visions galvanize people toward great achievement while others cause your eyes to glaze over?
What all great visions have in common is they provide an answer to these three questions:
1) Destination: Where are we going?
2) . . . → Read More: The Key to Visions That Work