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Title: Inspire a shared vision

Inspire a shared vision
  • February 18,2008

Introductory thoughts
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish
    Proverbs 2918 (NIV)
  • In the last days God says I will pour out my
    spirit on all people. Yours sons and daughters
    will prophesy, your young men will see visions,
    and your old men will dream dreams Acts 217

Introductory thoughts
  • Visions are necessarily hyperbolic, unrealistic,
    and irresponsible. They express goals that have a
    rainbow quality. (David McArthur Wilson)

A Vision from Within
  • "Discovering the inner voice of the organization
    helps uncover a vision filled with resonance."
  • (Deep Change Robert Quinn 1996 Jossey-Bass)

Vision, Empowerment, and Growth
  • "The most enduring way to communicate your vision
    is to live it."
  • From The Tao of Personal Leadership Diane
    Dreher 1996 HarperBusiness

Communicating the Change Vision
  • "A verbal picture is worth a thousand
    words."From Leading Change John Kotter 1996
    Harvard Business School Press

  • Use Communication and Conviction to Keep
    Followers "The task of a leader is to communicate
    clearly and repeatedly the organization's vision,
    strategy, goals, and objectives, and to
    communicate its values, mission, purpose, and
    principles."From Leadership A to Z James
    O'Toole 1999 Jossey-Bass

  • Leaders are possibility thinkers (KP)
  • Visions communicate what makes us singular and
    unequaled they set us apart from everyone else.
  • Vision from the leader keeps the organization

  • Inspiration
  • articulation
  • planting
  • nurturing
  • Inspired shared vision

Starting from self
  • Knowing yourself
  • Knowing God
  • Knowing your context
  • Knowing good advise

  • Defining and Creating a Personal Vision "A
    vision must be consistent with the mission, core
    objectives, and strategy of the company it
    depicts."From Right From the Start Dan Ciampa
    1999 Harvard Business School Press

Barna 9 acts of visionary leadership
  • Understand the concept
  • Understand the content
  • Own the vision
  • Make it real
  • Pass it around
  • Sell it
  • Put it into action
  • Refine the vision
  • Reinforce the vision

Steps to creating a vision
  • Know your constituents
  • Find the common ground
  • Draft a collective vision statement
  • Breathe life into your vision
  • Speak from the heart
  • Listen first and after
  • Hang out

Evaluating a vision
  • An effective vision attracts commitment and
    energizes people
  • An effective vision creates meaning for followers
  • An effective vision establishes a standard for
  • An effective vision bridges the past and the

Change and Vision
  • The change equation is one model I use - there
    are different versions of this around but I use
    one I have used for years as a useful way into
    the barriers and blocks to change. I know it as
    ABCgtD for change to take place. (A desire for
    change, B the vision of how it could be, C
    knowledge of the steps needed all need to be
    greater than D status quo, inertia for change to
    take place)

Change and Vision
  • Another version of the change equation (Beckhard
    Harris in 'Managing Complex Change' 1987) is
    f (V, D, S)gtR Where Vvision of future. D
    Dissatisfaction with present, Sknowing the first
    steps to take Rthe cost of change. William
    Bridges work (see 'Managing Transitions - making
    the most of change' 1991 and Managing
    Organizational Transitions) on the dynamics of
    change v transition is also useful.

Charles Handy on Warren Bennis
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