Stay Focused on Your Vision

"The path might not be clear, but stay focused on your vision and take the first step. The journey is as important as the destination." ~ Jesse Lyn Stoner

Stay focused on your vision and take the first step.

How Does Your Team Vision Rate?

A real vision is lived, not framed.

Does your team share a real vision? Is it being lived? Does it make a difference?

Answer these 10 questions to find out how effective your vision is.

Get a reality check. Ask everyone on your team to rate the vision and discuss your answers. It’s a non-threatening way to launch a powerful team discussion.

First rate each of the questions on a 1 – 5 scale. Next, find your Score by totaling your responses.

Then find out What Your Score Means and get some ideas to help your team.

Rating Scale

= Rarely = Occasionally = Sometimes = Usually = Almost always

Team Vision Questions 1. Does everyone on your team share the same vision?

2. Are team members excited, inspired and . . . → Read More: How Does Your Team Vision Rate?

How to Create a Shared Vision That Works

Steps to Create a Shared Vision

The Full Steam Ahead! Roadmap

This is a “how to” post – for leaders and team members who want to create a shared vision. Over the years I have written blog posts that provide an explanation of each of these steps. This post connects the dots by linking these posts with the steps they support. This is the roadmap for the process I use to create a shared vision that not only inspires, but provides clarity on direction and ongoing guidelines for decision-making.

Step 1: Create a Compelling Team Vision

1) Before you begin, everyone should understand the three elements of a compelling vision and how they are interrelated.

Three Keys to Visions That Work . . . → Read More: How to Create a Shared Vision That Works

Pause Before You Plan

pause before you plan


This is a lovely moment. The darkest day of the darkest week of the year in the northern hemisphere.

It is the moment before the balance shifts and light begins to overtake darkness.

On the winter solstice, the rhythm of the sun pauses as it changes direction from decrease to increase.

If we pay attention, we, too, can’t help but pause.

This darkest day of the darkest week beckons us to pause.

What does any great athlete do before they…

…. dive into the water

…. throw the discus

…. grab the rings

They pause.

What are they thinking about?

Nothing — absolutely nothing.

Shabbat means stop, cease. That’s what this week beckons us . . . → Read More: Pause Before You Plan

The Images We Hold Create Our Reality

Images Create Reality

When I ask people to describe what it would look like if there were world peace, it’s hard for them to conjure up specific images or descriptions. However, they easily provide vivid descriptions of what a post-World War III world would look like. All they have to do is describe a recent movie or a video game.

On a daily basis we are bombarded with images of destruction in movies, on television and even in electronic games that children play. In contrast, we see few images of a positive future.

The images we hold in our mind have a tremendous impact on the reality we create.

Positive images are not easy to find, but there are more than . . . → Read More: The Images We Hold Create Our Reality

What Business Are You Really In? Grace Hearth Knows

Grace Hearth

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 about . . . → Read More: What Business Are You Really In? Grace Hearth Knows

Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Provide Leadership

Pride of Lions

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.

Where . . . → Read More: Stop Waiting for Someone Else to Provide Leadership

Prepare for Creative Tension or It May Cloud Your Vision

Creative Tension

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 to . . . → Read More: Prepare for Creative Tension or It May Cloud Your Vision

How Important Is Vision in Leadership? The Question is the Answer

Next Step

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 Draft . . . → Read More: How Important Is Vision in Leadership? The Question is the Answer