Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Leadership a - z : V is for Vision

Creating a shared vision in your team is part of the foundation of any high-performing team. What is the vision for your team?

"There is no more powerful engine driving an organization toward excellence and long-range success than an attractive, worthwhile, achievable vision for the future, widely shared."
— Burt Nanus, Visionary Leadership

Vision work can be foundational to a staff retreat, or strategic planning process.

As Seneca wrote centuries ago,

 “To the person who does not know where he wants to go there is no favorable wind.”

Questions to consider when exploring vision with your team:
  • What do we want to be known for?
  • If we could not fail, what would we accomplish?
  • What values underpin our work - customer service, integrity
  • What are our major goals?
  • In order to achieve our vision, what do we need to say no to?
  • What is the core of our vision?
At your next staff meeting, it may be useful to have some dialogue around your vision as a team. How does this connect with, and support, organizational goals and strategies?

What's that compelling vision for your work, which will pull you through the peaks and valleys of business today?

With best wishes,

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Author of Effective Group Coaching and From One to Many: Best Practices of Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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As an author Jennifer Britton is known for her thought leadership in the area of group and team coaching. She is also a former leader and team builder who spent the first 13 years of her career working within the United Nations as well as the international aid sector. From Boardroom to jungle, beach and forest to mountains, Jennifer has worked to develop teams and leaders in more than 18 countries, and virtually many more. She founded Potentials Realized in 2004 and focuses on leadership, teamwork and coaching skills training.