Vision Considerations, pt1
Leadership in Context with Keith Tucci
One of the first huge mistakes people make in communicating vision is to overcomplicate it. The clearer, more obvious, easier it is to grasp, the better chance you have of your vision coming to pass. It is easier to increase a vision than it is to get somewhere and have to shrink vision.
Vision used to never be talked about, and now it is talked about all the time. But sometimes when you talk about things a lot, you don’t define things clearly and everyone leaves the room with their own definition. Vision is your preferred future. It is your destination. It is the finish line.
The first vision consideration is identifying your core value.
VISION EXAMPLE 1: Financial matters are easy to teach about when it comes to vision because they are so concrete. Let’s say you have a vision of being debt free. Normally, people first start squeezing the budget to get out of it as much as possible. While that is a good strategy, that is not vision.
I used to do a “Get Out of Debt'' club when I was a pastor. I would see family after family really get a vision for what being debt free was. A vision is not what you don’t want to do (get in more debt), but where you want to end up. I would start out by asking them if they wanted to write a $10,000 check to the new building fund or missions endeavor or to a single mother. I was identifying a particular value. If I’m in debt and want to do one of those things, that becomes the finish line. That is a real core value. That is vision. Having a picture of being able to write that check one day would inspire people.
One of the greatest things about clear vision is that it enables you to measure if it is working. I’ve seen a lot of people with vision but who had no metric to measure if they were accomplishing it or not.
VISION EXAMPLE 2: Everyone wants to have a friendly church. I’ve never gone to a church or business who wants to be unfriendly. Yet I know a lot of friendly churches that aren’t growing. They accomplished a goal, not a vision.
Why be friendly? I want to be so friendly with someone that they are at ease with me and we can talk about anything. The end goal of being friendly is not just people feeling welcomed, but helping them feel welcomed so that they ask questions–“Why does your church believe in water baptism?” The core value is friendliness. The vision is creating relationships where people can ask questions.
SIDE NOTE: If you have a culture that can ask questions, that also means the next step is that you will have a culture where people can give you ideas.
You have to be the person who owns the vision. You have to own it, leak it, feed it, give it, share it. The first vision consideration is identifying your core value.
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