Leading with Vision

by blogadmin 4. August 2009 06:27

By definition, creating vision requires that you are able to identify needed change.  Leaders must be able to sense when trends are shifting; a new need is emerging, and determine how to maximize the benefits of those changes to the organization.  This process then results in creating a vision of where the organization and/or team should go next. 

Identifying changing trends means keeping your fingers on the pulse of where our country, community, industry, and clients are heading.  The better we can anticipate those trends, the greater the opportunity for growth.  Recently, we have seen the results of not doing so in the automotive industry.  For GM and Chrysler in particular, they waited too long before understanding the imperative of going green and providing more fuel efficient cars.  As a result, neither company is operating the same as they did a year ago, nor are they able to maintain an independent status.  GM is largely owned by the U.S. government, and Chrysler merged with a foreign auto manufacturer.

Creating vision necessitates listening and watching where the movement in the market is taking place.  It means listening to our clients, our staff, and other professionals.  It means finding ways to connect the dots before others even label something a trend and getting on board first before our competitors.

There are several questions that may be helpful for you to consider in the process of creating vision: 

1.  What are you reading?  How broadly are you reading?  You should make it a point to read a wide variety of periodicals, books, blogs, etc. that can keep you informed on what trends are developing.

2.  Frequently ask yourself, what does this mean to our clients?  Even more importantly, what does this mean for our prospects?  This will begin to identify needs and emerging preferences to which you may be able to respond.

3.  Stay connected with other successful professionals.  Listen to their observations, concerns, and thoughts.  This will help to broaden your thinking and your ability to anticipate future changes.

If you would like to learn more about leadership and how to create vision, you can contact us about our upcoming workshop, “Leading with Vision” on August 27th from 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Join other successful professionals who will learn the secrets to creating a great vision!  Contact us at 616-550-9796, or at rhodak@piabusinessconsulting.com for more information on this or other workshops being offered this fall.

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