I went upstairs for the night and was about to go to bed when I noticed I left my laptop power cord upstairs by the bed. Rather than take it downstairs with my laptop, I put the power cord by the stairs with the intention of grabbing it in the morning on the way down.
When morning came, I went through my typical routine. I’m not a morning person, so I schedule just enough time to shower, get dressed, brush my teeth, and comb my hair (breakfast is a bonus). I finished my tasks, headed downstairs to grab my bag, and realized…I forget my power cord upstairs.
How could I forget my power cord? I put it in the most obvious place I could put it with the intention of NOT FORGETTING IT.
It’s intriguing how we can miss the mark so easily when our perspective is obstructed or distorted. I overlooked my power cord, because my head was up and my speed was fast. No matter how intentional I was to remember my cord and to ensure that it was the in the perfect place, I missed it.
Vision is no different.
Establishing vision is challenging itself. Determining what it is we desire to be, aspiring to achieve it, and inspiring others to cast and carry that vision is difficult. The process of defining vision is as important as the vision itself.
I challenge you…lift your head up and look around you. Do not conjure a statement or paragraph labeled “vision” behind your desk. Copying someone else's statement won't get it done. Believing your have a creative tag line that everyone will embrace and love is naïve.
Engage your leaders and your team. Their histories and gifts are invaluable and will contribute, like it or not, to the vision, culture and outcomes of your organization. Limiting your perspective will narrow or distort the vision that your team will lead.
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