Is it possible to earn a living, have fun and make a difference in the world? Jocelyn Jackson and Keri Keifer have figured out how.
Their business Grace Hearth might be considered a catering company – they cater all sizes of events, from weddings and meetings to small social gatherings.
But the first time I saw their video, I quickly realized they were in the same business I am – building community – only through food instead of facilitating dialogue.
Grace Hearth provides food for all types of occasions, but as Jocelyn and Keri explain in their video, they are actually in the “nourishing business.”
I was so excited after watching this video, I had to interview the owners to learn more . . . → Read More: What Business Are You Really In? Grace Hearth Knows
The assumption that change has to start at the top is wrong. You don’t have to wait for senior leaders to make it a better place.
Managers don’t have to wait for senior management to start a process of organizational revitalization. ~Michael Beer
The first step in building shared vision is to give up the traditional notion that vision is always announced from “on high.” ~Peter Senge
Begin within your own sphere of influence.
Where do you have the greatest influence? Most likely within your own team. Consider the widest sphere that you can impact. This is the place to start.
Take responsibility to provide leadership.
Leadership is more than just good management practices. Leadership is about going somewhere.
. . . → Read More: Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Provide Leadership
The team was excited and energized. They had created a vision that would lead to the breakthrough they had been looking for.
They set goals and identified next steps, roles and communications. They had a great plan and the means to achieve it.
All set, right?
They fell victim to “creative tension.”
Working toward the vision was not as exciting as the process of creating it. At times it was downright mundane.
It was harder than they had anticipated. It required more work, making adjustments to plans, communications and coordination was more difficult.
Some people began to say the vision wasn’t practical. Others decided they really didn’t want the vision after all.
Soon things on the team returned to normal, and life returned . . . → Read More: Prepare for Creative Tension or It May Cloud Your Vision
When I published my Value of Vision series, I had no idea I had done something unusual. I am concerned about the current lack of interest around vision in leadership, and I had hoped that publishing a series of views from a variety of experts might help boost the topic back onto the radar.
I was surprised when Wally Bock told me he hadn’t seen a blog series like this before – one with so many significant thought-leaders writing on the same subject. Wally asked for an interview to identify some lessons that had made the series successful.
Wally Bock is a highly respected and accomplished business writer, ghost-writer, and editor. In addition to his popular Three Star Leadership blog, Wally writes the Zero . . . → Read More: How Important Is Vision in Leadership? The Question is the Answer
Considering the compelling case for the value of vision, it’s strikingly absent these days.
Recent research by Kouzes and Posner demonstrates that “being forward-looking is the quality that most separates leaders from individual contributors.”
However, “it’s something that too few fully appreciate, and too many devote almost no time to developing,” says Jim Kouzes.
What happened to vision? Where has she gone?
She held so much promise 30 years ago when people like Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner first brought her to our attention.
Did she get worn out? Did she grow old and tired? No, it’s worse than that.
Vision has been prostituted.
By mission statements that are no more than meaningless marketing messages – We have covered her . . . → Read More: Looking for Vision? She’s Out Walking the Streets in Stilettos
I had the pleasure of interviewing Doug Conant, newly appointed Non-Executive Chairman of Avon and the former President and CEO of Campbell Soup, where he led the company through a dramatic transformation, reversing the declining trend in earnings and employee engagement. Under his leadership, the company generated quality sales growth and some of the best employee engagement rankings in the industry for ten consecutive years.
I am delighted to be able to share Doug’s views on vision here. ~Jesse
What do you observe about people’s attitudes toward vision these days, Doug?
One thing I’ve observed in all of my speaking, from millennials at Google to boomers at Vanguard, is that people today are less interested in the vision and more interested in “how . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – An Interview With Doug Conant
A Leadership Vision for America: Rebuilding a Divided House
Almost every dinner conversation I have been a part of in the last few years at some point gets around to how disappointed everyone seems to be with what’s going on in Washington. The complaints are not so much about the leadership capability of the current president as they are about the political system in general. Probably at no time in our country have we had so many major problems—yet we don’t seem to be making much progress in addressing them.
In thinking about what could help to turn around the system in Washington, I have been struck by the realization that there is a major missing ingredient . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Ken Blanchard
SEEing the Change
“Is vision over-sold and over-rated? Why does vision matter in today’s world? What’s vision got to do with leadership?” When Jesse Stoner asked me to write this blog, the idea that the value of vision was even a question surprised me.
It’s like Tina Turner asking, “What’s love got to do with it?” The answer is obvious (to me): EVERYTHING.
I have the privilege and blessing of engaging with dynamic young and intergenerational changemakers all over the world, from the US to Turkey, from India to Canada, from Jordan to Pakistan.
One of the tools I have found that serves most in healing historical divides and uniting diverse people, perspectives and experiences is vision. . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Shilpa Jain
Focusing on the Future Sets Leaders Apart
Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner
We’ve all had a glimpse of the future. You know, that time when you imagined running your own business… or that dream of traveling to an exotic place… or that bold idea for a game-changing new product… or that burning desire to get an advanced degree… or that sense of purpose you felt when you signed up for the sustainability campaign… or that calling to join a cause and make this a better planet… or that uplifting sense you got when picturing kids playing in a neighborhood without fear. All of us dream of what might come to pass some day. Leaders take . . . → Read More: The Value of Vision Series – Kouzes and Posner