Do you have a vision for your business, your family or your life?
I love this analogy: “Vision works like a rudder on a ship. Without it, the ship may travel a distance, but not necessarily in the right direction. With it, the ship reaches the destination by the shortest route possible. Vision determines the direction of the team.”
In the past, my ship has traveled off course, what about yours?
Champion basketball coach Pat Riley once said, “Teamwork requires that everyone’s efforts flow in a single direction. Feelings of significance happen when a team’s energy takes on a life of its own.”
I am a leader that doesn’t impart my vision very well to the members of my team. The goal should be to transfer the vision both emotionally and logically.
There are several components for an emotional transfer of your vision such as:
- Credibility. Does your team trust you? People buy into a leader before they buy into the vision.
- Passion. Is your vision something that you care about? Team members can’t get excited about a vision if you aren’t excited. They need to see and feel your passion so they embrace it.
- Relationship. How well do your teammates know you? How well do you know them? Everything we do in life involves relationships. I know you have heard this one a million times: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
- Timing. You may have all of the components of sharing your vision BUT if the timing isn’t right, it will never fly. The right decision at the wrong time is still the wrong decision.
- Feel the need. We all need to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Sharing how your vision meets a need can lead to an emotional buy-in.
The logical transfer of a vision is something that I struggle with since some would say I am a “warm and fuzzy” kind of girl.
- A realistic understanding of the situation today. You need a starting point. That starting point begins when you have a firm grasp on reality. When people understand where they are starting and what the goal is, they are more willing to partner in achieving it.
- An experienced team. I’m not sure that I agree 100% that the team has to have experience with the vision. Yes, if they’ve dealt with similar situations, they and more confident in their ability to tackle the challenge. I have seen many who have an emotional link to the vision and no experience still reach their goal.
- A sound strategy. I must admit, my game plans in the past have not been very clear or succinct. I love to have input from team members rather than give them a specific plan. I have learned that the more detailed the plan, the more they are going to fully accept responsibility for achieving the vision .
- Leader accepts responsibility. As the leader, do you embrace your role in achieving the vision? Are you willing to be held accountable? People need to know that you’ll do your part.
- Celebration of each victory. Yes, I am a BIG proponent of CELEBRATING every milestone. I believe that it keeps people moving forward. It is the accomplishments of those small goals that help you to reach the bigger vision. Celebrations help team members track their progress and find the motivation to continue on the journey.
- Evaluation of each defeat. When the team misses a goal, acknowledge it and focus on how the team can do better moving forward. Celebrate the defeat then let it go!! (Yes, I do hear the Frozen song in my head)
It is not too late to cast your vision to your team so they can see the bigger picture. When they buy in emotionally and logically, they will work together with you to achieve victory. Through vision casting, teams learn together develop accountability, connection and engagement.
What is YOUR vision for 2016?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!