Activate your visionary skills
“Anyone can steer a ship, but it takes a real leader to chart the course” … George Barna
One of the marks of leadership is the ability to look beyond the immediate to build a better and brighter tomorrow. What opportunities do you see? What status quo are you challenging? What is the vision for … your future… your team’s future or … your company’s future?
When there is no vision … we tend to walk in circles, waste our budget, mismanage time and miss opportunities! If we don’t know where we are going how will we know if we are on or off track? What will we use as milestones to effectively lead others to achieve optimal results?
A vision gives you direction, motivation, creativity and resilience. Without a vision you risk becoming passive, aimless, bored and vulnerable to quitting.
Visions come with both opportunities and obstacles. Many of us abandon our dreams and visions at the first sign of an obstacle. I often use this modified quote by Winston Churchill to keep me focused … “obstacles can’t steal my dream without my permission.” It is my reminder to never give up because obstacles are inevitable and quitting is optional.
When I speak with successful leaders, I find that they have the following in common … all of them have a vision and a clear picture of the professional future they want to create (some are not so clear with the vision for their personal life) … they could speak to at least three growth opportunities for either themselves, their team or their company … they had a detailed idea of how to bring about implementing change for at least one of the identified opportunity.
How do you create a vision? There are no right or wrong answers in the visioning process. Visioning can be done as an independent reflection activity (i.e. daydreaming), channeled through a group brainstorming session or a combination of both.
Dedicating time and energy to crafting a vision calls for patience and discipline … two traits that are progressively declining in our fast paced world. Would you describe yourself as a patient person? Are you disciplined to stick with an objective and see it through to the end no matter the distractions and obstacles that come your way?
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Start envisioning your future. Create several alternative views of the future you want to create for yourself, your team or your company. Document the changes you expect, and the changes that might occur. Assess the readiness for the change (yours, the team’s or the company’s).
One more thing, as you go through your visioning process, be careful not to make snap reactions. Get in the habit of writing down your first solution or idea, then imagine alternatives even if they look, sound and feel ridiculous. Keep an idea file, you will be surprised how useful this resource can be.
To your continued success!