Any vision is worth its weight in gold

vrijdag 10 april 2015 | Likes: 0 | Comments: 0

Mark Paauwe

VP Product Development

Dragon1 Inc

What if ?

What if Steve Jobs did not share his thoughts about how people want to use devices everywhere. What if Lou Ottens, the inventor of the Cassette Tape and the Compact Disc, did not share his thoughts about how people want to play music every where. These companies Apple and Philips would probably have never become that big of a world players they are today.

What are your thoughts ?

This blog is about you, not about me or someone else. But about you. It is about inspiring you to think if you have a vision on a certain topic? Are you aware of a phenomenon, trends or developments and what do you do with that awareness? Do you propagate that to the good of a community or a company?

Today’s worldwide topics waiting for a vision are: freedom, poverty, health, peace, work, energy and happiness. Topics of lesser importance may be: traveling, music, sports, holidays, video, transport, communication and relationships. But even on these topics, you may have your own futuristic thoughts.

Important to note is that being a visionary and having a vision is not about making money. It is about having fun, enjoying every day you live in doing what you want. Being busy with exploring trends and developing a vision immediately sets you on a path of doing what you really want more often.

What is a Leaders' Vision ?

Do organizations have a vision? No. Do leaders have a vision? Yes. Stronger said: a vision defines a leader. Not all visionaries are leaders, in the sense that they miss the ability to execute, for instance, the inventor. So often we find in successful communities and companies at least two people: the inventor and the leader sharing the same vision. In my opinion, the perfect leader is a community architect.

A vision should not contain business ambitions, business objectives or goals. Leave that for the strategy. Clean up vision statements by removing these. You only want to have things that actually happen and for sure will happen in your vision statement. Here is actually a real problem for writing vision by managers: whatever you ask a manager to write, he will write down objectives, goals and actions and label it whatever you want. 

A leaders' vision is people-centric. A leaders' vision is often about confronting yourself with really, really tough problems and solving them, not bypassing them, but to overcome them with absolutely new alternatives. Without problems, people would never have any vision.

A leaders' visions often hold a set of coherent subtopics or trends within the main topic. For instance, if the main topic is work, a vision on work can be divided into sub-topics or trends such flex work, mobile work, eWork and labor.

A leader in a company could have a lot of knowledge or strong own thoughts on these topics or trends and translate them into action or strategy. For instance, if the leader is convinced that people want to choose their working hours themselves but also want to be managed directly, enabling that option for his employees might lengthen the time that spends their career at his companies. 

In a vision like that a lot of details of situations arise.

So a leader vision is detailed, contains situational sketches and can be structured into trends that are sub-topics of a main topic.

So, now what ?

My question to you would be: what are you going to do the next 10 minutes? Do you carry on with your life like you have been doing for years, or do you take a break for ten minutes and think over what makes your sense arise and how you can be a visionary on your topic. Maybe you can do some good for the community with it, or even start a future worldwide company.

Either way, good luck doing it!

Read an example vision here


Further Reading

Enterprise Architecture as Strategy

If you want develop a vision in your organization you may do this as part of strategic management. Read more about Enterprise Architecture as Strategy here.