People Vision

Vision is not only a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become more.

“We know what we have to do” – a seemingly uninteresting excerpt from a recent speech of a leader, a speech supposed to inspire its audience trust, hope and feeling of victory – especially during difficult time.  Was this a Vision statement?

As navigator, the leader must provide Vision and Victory.  Vision means to be ahead of others to show them direction and means to succeed.  By expressing the Vision, the leader paints the desired reality so it stimulates and inspires the participation, contribution and certainty of Victory following common efforts.

Vision means to see and create beyond the boundaries of immediate and obvious.  It is an approach that assumes and requires a high probability of success.  Vision must pay attention to people – with their needs, interests, capabilities and aspirations as individuals and groups.  Vision must add value to all those contributing to its success:  material, professional and personal satisfactions and accomplishments.  Vision is not a purely theoretical or incidental construction.

Vision can be created by an individual, but it no longer belongs to him from the moment other people’s contribution is needed to implement it.  Vision must be expressed simply, communicated efficiently and applied individually for all those being influenced (presumably) positively by it.

“We know what we have to do” may be the road.  But it is not Vision.