If you are the leader of your team, then you carry the responsibility for communicating the team’s vision and keeping it before the people continually.
That’s not necessarily easy. Whenever I endeavor to cast vision with the members of my team, I use the following checklist.
I try to make sure that every vision message possesses the following:
•Clarity: brings understanding to the vision (answers what the people must know and what I want them to do)
•Connectedness: brings the past, present, and future together
• Purpose: brings direction to the vision
• Goals: bring targets to the vision
• Honesty: brings integrity to the vision and credibility to the vision caster
•Stories: bring relationships to the vision
• Challenge: brings stretching to the vision
• Passion: brings fuel to the vision
•Modeling: brings accountability to the vision
• Strategy: brings process to the vision .
VISION: Recognizing Advantage and the Movement required to acheive it. (Q3.4)
The question then is why do most people keep their Visions to themselves rather than putting them into action? The answer depends upon our placement on the Sur-Ser Continuum. A Survivor is too busy trying to live through the day to think of anything outside of himself. A Sad Clown is too consumed with trying to achieve a perfect balance between what he takes and what he gives to do anything but daydream of a better place. Only the Servant, the person whose Purpose it is to seek Advantage for others, has the capacity to transcend his own material and spiritual needs long enough to put Vision into action.
To Lead Right, a man must first Get Right and then Live Right. Then, and only then, can he capture his Vision to the Advantage of his Community.
RECOMMUNICATE THE VISION TO YOUR PEOPLE TODAY.
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.
And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent
“Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams.”
“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.”
– Erica Jong
“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.”
– William B. Sprague
Leaders Leading Leaders
GIVE YOUR ALL
Taking Responsibility For Outcome
The Q is a Leader who takes responsibility for Outcome
*Leader: a man who is what a Leader is and does what a Leader does
*Outcome: what happens and fails to happen, whether good or bad
Taking Responsibility for the Outcome is a three-step process
The first step in taking responsibility for Outcome is to know what it is you want to happen. Having Vision (seeing the Outcome) is part of what a Leader does. If the Leader does not have a clear destination in mind, how can anyone follow him there?
The second step is to devise a course of action (a COA) that has a substantial likliehood of success. A COA is a planned Movement to solve a Problem or achieve an Outcome. It is the path that will lead to realization of the Vision.
The third step is to demonstrate Commitment, the Leader’s unwavering loyalty and determination to both Mission and the well being of the Members of his Group.
All three steps are necessary. Without Vision, a Leader won’t know where he his going, without a COA he won’t know how to get there and without Commitment no one else will trust him enough to follow him.