Leaders are taking their people someplace. Do you know where you are going? Are you clear on the direction you are taking your team? Now might be a good time to figure that out.
Lessons from Steven Covey
Years ago, I listened to The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People on tape. Back then Steven Covey was the go-to person for leadership development. His work on creating your personal vision has stuck with me. What he said was this:
A personal mission statement is based on habit 2 of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People called begin with the end in mind.
Get clear on your vision
I strongly suggest that you spend time figuring out your vision before you get into strategic planning with your larger organization. You as an individual leader need to know that your vision is about.
However, it is when you get clear on your individual vision that you start to really take ownership of your work and create more enjoyment in your work.
6 steps to complete your personal vision
Step # 1 – Identify the company’s goals
Jot down a few rough notes about the direction the company is going.
This doesn’t have to be completely accurate and detailed. It’s not what is typed in the tombs of the management documents. It’s kind of a summary of what you know officially combined with what your gut tells you.
Set this summary of the company’s vision aside.
Let it go out of your mind for a bit. You will come back to it, but for now, ignore it.
Step # 2 – Identify your long term vision
Take a few minutes to close your eyes and reflect.
Imagine the perfect scenario for a few minutes and notice what is happening, what’s working well and how you are doing your job.
Write down your own vision. This is your own mission critical. This can be in paragraph form or point form.
Step # 3 - Find alignment
How is your vision aligned with the company’s vision?
Now it’s time to pull back in the vision of the organization. How does it align with yours?
If there is no alignment, that certainly tells you something, like perhaps it’s time to find a new job. If so, read more here.
If you can find points of alignment, it’s time to spend some time there.
Step # 4 - Create your 1-year vision
Look at your one-year vision.
Start to bring your vision in closer. In the next year, if you stay with this organization and continue to do the work you are doing, what is it that you see you being able to do in a year?
Again, close your eyes and visualize it.
See it visually.
Record some of the specifics of that vision.
Step # 5 – Develop the plan
What takes you closer to that vision and what takes you away from it? What do you need to do to more closely align with that vision? Start to develop specific tasks and strategies you need to do to move towards that vision.
Write down your vision and your plan.
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Step # 6 – Review your vision and plan weekly
Take your plan and write it down in a summary format. It’s important for this next part to have it on one page. It might be a
Put its someplace you can access it easily. It might be on your desk, in your day timer or a file on your phone.
Come back to this vision weekly
This step is the most critical. Create a routine where you purposefully spend time connecting to your vision weekly.
That might be scheduling an appointment with yourself each Monday to spend 10 minutes reviewing it. The key is that you want to intentionally re-connect to your vision each week.
During this time, determine how in line you are with your vision. This is a time to decide where you need to course correct. What activities, conversations or tasks do you need to do more of or let go of to get you back on track?
Creating your vision intentionally gets you there way quicker
When you commit to setting aside 2-hours to develop a personal vision for your role in the company and then commit to reviewing that vision weekly, your leadership will excel. You’ll find more enjoyment in your job and will notice more success in your overall team’s performance. Connect to the future and create your path to get there. It’s called Intentional Leaders
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