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.
You can check out what I have said about vision in past posts here.
Working with your team to create a shared vision is key. Don't just think of your vision for the next year, but also 3 or 5 years down the road (depending on typical lifecycles of teams at your organization)
You can listen into a past recording I have done on vision and questions you may want to dialogue around here. (This link will take you to the Inner Biz Leader On-Demand course - a seven hour virtual retreat you can complete at your pace. IT covers many of the topics we look at here at the blog around your "inner leadership" including strengths, values, and vision. You can access a free audio on vision as you scroll down to the bottom of the page. Look for the lecture entitled "Your Vision - Audio. Enjoy!)
AS you start to prepare for the new year you may want to revisit the questions I I posed at the start of the year about your vision for 2015. You can listen to it back here (Teams365 #369 - Your 2015 Goals)
Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Author of From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010)
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