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.
- = 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 motivated?
3. Does everyone understand and agree on your team’s purpose?
4. Can you see the picture of what success looks like?
5. Do you have stated values that guide decisions?
6. Do you hold each other accountable for behaving consistently with the team’s values?
7. Does your vision help you identify priorities?
8. How often do team members discuss the big picture and how daily activities support your vision?
9. How often do you track where you are in relation to your vision and change course if needed?
10. Can each person see how they contribute to achieving the vision?
What Your Score Means
Score 45 – 50 = MOBILIZED
You have created a compelling vision that is energizing, provides focus and sets direction. You are clear about where you are going and what values guide your journey. Check it out and make sure others are as clear and as excited as you think they are.
Score 39 – 44 = FORMING
You have the beginnings of a powerful vision but there is more work to be done. You need more clarity, more excitement and/or engagement of others. Keep working on getting people aligned around the vision and you will see an energized and focused workforce emerge.
Score 30 – 38 = TYPICAL
You live in a typical organization. Some people may be clear about where they are going, but there is no shared sense of direction. Although you may be accomplishing work, there is a lot of wasted effort. Work often needs to be redone because leaders change their minds or were not clear in their communications in the first place. People are juggling multiple concerns and trying to “do it all” because priorities are not clear.
Score 29 or less = UNFOCUSED
If work is getting done, ask “at what cost?” You and your people are in danger of “burning out.” Individuals may care deeply, but there is no collective mindset or vision to align them around something greater than their daily tasks.
How do others on your team rate your team?
The real power comes when everyone on your team answers these questions and you discuss your responses.
- What are the similarities and differences?
- Where do you need more clarity or agreement?
- What is one thing you can each do that will improve your team’s score?
It’s not an excuse to say, “My company doesn’t have a vision, so my team can’t have one.” Vision can start anywhere in an organization. Focus on your own sphere of influence. This is where you have the greatest opportunity to create a shared vision.
Here’s a free online version of this quiz.
I have created an online version that does the math for you and immediately shows your results and so you can easily send the link to each member of your team to begin your team discussion.