Many leaders struggle with getting clarity on their vision. With the chaos and clamor of everyday life and business, the bar is often set at just trying to stay afloat. Casting a vision for what you actually want can seem like a far-off luxury. But it comes at a cost.
From wasted resources to burnout to high turnover, there are a variety of pitfalls vision-deficient leaders can stumble into. Some of that might seem common to the life of a business, though, so is a vision really necessary? I would argue yes. Of course, there will always be challenges, but the benefits of having a clear, multi-year vision far outweigh those challenges. By casting an inspiring, practical picture of what you want for your organization, you can reap these three defining benefits.
- A sense of purpose. Too often teams spend an inordinate amount of time spinning their wheels and just doing whatever tasks have come up most recently. Having a well-thought-out vision allows your company to zero in on the goals, projects, and tasks that have the highest impact on the metrics you want to prioritize.
- A positive risk. Inciting risk might not feel like a benefit, but the best future doesn’t actually lie within your comfort zone. Just because an idea makes you uncomfortable doesn’t make it a bad idea. In fact, it might be the exact idea you need.
- A clearer future. A vision is not an action plan and you won’t be figuring out the “how”—at least not yet. But it does free you to dream and imagine what could be possible, as well as what the end result will be.
Mapping out a clear, compelling vision is essential for every business leader. If you want your team to achieve new heights of success, you need to make time to do this. You need to create a Vision Script that clearly defines your mission and values, current reality, and future reality.
If creating a vision feels uncomfortable, especially if you’re doing it for the first time, turning it into a strategic plan for the coming years can feel just as daunting. Usually things get cobbled together based on methods picked up in the past in the hopes that everything will hold together. Even more frustrating is that it’s rarely democratized and operationalized. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Our Strategic Planning Workshop offers a proven system that addresses all of these challenges so leaders and their teams can drive performance and achieve extraordinary results. It’s a simple, five-step strategic planning process combined with a powerful alignment methodology for keeping your vision in view all year long and ensuring teams are organized to accomplish it.
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