Step 3: Creating a vision

I attended a Global Leadership Summit (GLS) event recently. My two key notes from one of the speakers, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, were:

  1. “What I believe, I will become”, and
  2. “What I see and hear consistently, over and over, will change my heart”.

Sam Adeyemi is a Nigerian pastor and the talk was aimed at developing leadership. Does this not hold true for organizations as well?

Pastor Sam explained that what we constantly expose ourselves to, what we see and hear repeatedly, eventually influence our hearts. He explained changing people from the inside out is truly transformational.

John Kotter advises the guiding coalition to “develop a picture of the future that is easy to communicate and appeals to customers, stockholders and employees”. He explains that an organization’s vision should also not be blurry. It should pack a punch in five minutes or less, or else the organization should go back to the drawing board.

Kotter describes a vision as being something that clarifies the direction for the organization to move. I prefer the BusinessDictionary’s explanation of a vision being “an aspirational description of what an organization would like to achieve or accomplish in the future”.

Irrespective of the definitions, the core function of a vision is to clearly define the end goal we’re aiming at and serve as a guiding compass to ensure that we are constantly aligned.

Combining what we’ve learned from Pastor Sam as well as from John Kotter, a vision should be very succinct, but also be clearly communicated and lived.

Patti Dobrowolski took the old saying of “a picture is worth a thousand words” to a new level where she urges individuals or companies to draw their visions in her TED talk (see link below). This makes the vision clear and simple which employees can resonate with, at a single glance.

In our next blog we’ll be focusing on how to communicate the vision to achieve the desired transformation.

For more info on the Global Leadership Summit (GLS):

Patti Dobrowolski’s TED talk:

Short background on Pastor Sam Adeyemi:

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