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“Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.” — Arthur Schopenhauer
“A vision without action is a daydream: but then again, action without a vision is called a nightmare.” — Jim Sorenson
“The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and idealist.” — Eric Hoffer
“The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.” — John Macy
The life of a leader is often cluttered with activity. Rarely is there quiet time for reflection. Schedule time to dream, in a peaceful place. Try daydreaming at first alone, and then with your team. Let your intuitive side loose, and think freeform, without stopping to evaluate or judge the merit of ideas. Focus on a problem you want to solve, a business or service line you would like to start, ways that you could delight your customers. After the daydreaming, write the vision down or it easily evaporates – like all dreams.
Together these form the aim of the organization. They link to each other, in that the Vision is the Purpose extended into the future; and the Vision is the Values expressed in action. Do you have a Vision? The test is: Does it allow you to see the future with word pictures – i.e., provide a mental image? (The mind thinks in pictures.) And does it inspire its listeners and readers, along the dimensions in the next question?
The commitment is thus built through a voluntary, consensus process (see Key, 1999). Margaret Wheatley (2001) has a concept of vision as a “field” – like electromagnetism. By its permeating the entire organization, we take advantage of its formative properties. All employees who bump into it will be influenced by it. Stephen Covey (1991) says that the act of visualizing something organizes the abilities to bring it about. In this way, a vision is self- organizing.
Curriculum for Circles of Change: http://www.spiritinaction.net/ezpublish/index.php/spirit/circles_curriculum.
Visionary Leadership Training and Workshop: http://www.visioncoaching.it/visionary_workshop.php.
Key Associates assists organizations in creating shared visions: Future Search.
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