Full Steam Ahead!
“In our work with organizations worldwide, we have observed that the biggest impediment to managers becoming great leaders is the lack of a clear vision…,” Ken Blanchard and Jesse Stoner.
I must admit it’s not natural for me to enjoy a business fable. You know, a leadership book wrapped around a made-up story. Having said that, I’ve run across a few that really floated my boat. “Full Steam Ahead,” is one.
I learned from the authors that “Full Steam Ahead,” is a true story masquerading as a fable. Everything in it happened. The names were changed to protect the innocent/guilty. The companies, phone messages, and conversations all exist.
“Vision is knowing who you are, where you are going, and what will guide your journey.”
What if you aren’t the “leader”:
I’m frequently asked, “What can I do to change my organization?”
Answer: Develop vision for your own division or department. If your organization eventually develops vision, bring yours into alignment. Don’t wait. Act now.
- “The process of creating the vision is as important as what the vision says.” Get together with coworkers and work on creating a vision that illustrates purpose. Engagement creates enthusiasm and ownership.
- Define, describe, and practice everyday behaviors that make your vision real today.
- Create support structures. The Lone Ranger had Tonto. Surprisingly, only you can dismantle your walls of aloneness.
- Set goals and create action plans.
Evaluate success by progress not arrival. A vision you can achieve is only a goal. It’s too low.
What everyday practices make your vision real today?
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