Having a shared vision is important because it:
- Provides an end point for everyone to aim towards. Even with different roles and perspectives having the shared end point is critical
- Helps everyone row in the same direction, even if they are rowing in different ways
- Allows for the opportunity to identify and notice where you are on the path of moving towards your vision.
- Helps the team focus on possibilities. Research has shown that working around vision (personally or organizationally) supports people move into a mindset of possibilities neurologically helps people move into a more Positive Emotional Attractors (PEA) which makes them more open, more open to behavioral change, more altruistic and makes better decisions." - Teams365 #707
1. By crafting a vision through reflecting on a series of visualization questions. Click here for Teams365 #891 to listen into this audio
2. By creating a model of your vision out of materials such as aluminum foil - Listen into this recent post about this - Teams365 #1071
3. By working with visual cards to have team members select the photos that represent what photos signify their vision for the team. From the collective series, the team can choose to make their own storyboard or timeline of these photos. some of you know that we created the Conversation Sparker Visual Deck a few years ago to facilitate a travel-friendly deck of 72 cards (22 questions and 50 photos)
4. By creating a team drawing of the vision - depending on the team size break the team into groups of 4. Provide each team with a pen and flipchart and 15 minutes to draw their vision for the team (at the end of the year, 3 years from now). provide them with some prompting questions such as: What will you look like? What are you known for?
5. By creating a team storyboard with photos/collage and a blank easel. If the team already has a "big picture" vision, have them plot out their storyboard or story line for the year. Get them to do this on a blank easel or a big piece of butcher block paper.
How else might you work with teams around vision?
Have a great Tuesday,
Potentials Realized - Leadership and Team Development, Coaching, Retreats
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)
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