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March 2010


Creating Vision For Your Team

Great leaders provide vision for their teams and encourage the team members to take ownership of that vision.  The ability to see the future and communicate that vision to others can be your key to success. 

By definition, a vision is an extraordinarily creative and beautiful mental image produced by the imagination and perceived through unusual means. 

Want to develop a powerful vision that empowers your team to succeed?  Start with these characteristics.

Key Characteristics

1. The Future

Your vision must be of the future.  It can be tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, five years from now, or even more.  The date should be as exact as possible - narrow it to a year, or a month, or even a specific date.

It should be a period of time to which the team can adjust.  If it is too far in the future they might not be able to connect with it.  If it is too near in the future they might not believe its possible to reach the vision that quickly.

You need to talk extensively with your team members, learn what they believe is possible, and then challenge them to go beyond that.

2. Positive And Sensory Rich

Think about what "positive" means to your team members, and what it means to you.  Then describe this future in terms of all your senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. 

Describe the positive sensory experiences of this future time.  When you get there: how will it look, what will it sound like, what aromas and scents will there be, what tastes will they experience, what physical sensations will be present?

Now go further - into your "extra senses." Imagine the feel of it: does it feel good?  Imagine the emotion of it: is it pleasant, even exciting?  Imagine the spirit of it; does it bring a sense of fulfillment and purpose?  You have many more senses than we know how to name - describe those in positive terms as well.

3. You

Make certain that each person on the team can see themselves in this future time, feeling these positive sensory experiences.  If you leave anyone out of the vision, it will happen without him or her.  It can even happen without you, if you forget to put yourself in the picture.

Talk with each team member about his or her role in the future success of the team, and be certain that they can clearly imagine being at the future date for the culmination of the vision.  Once they see themselves there, then they will provide the energy and direction that the team needs to make it happen.



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