CHECK YOUR COMPASS!
How do you measure a vision and know if it's compelling? You check your compass. Every team needs one. In fact every team needs several. A team should examine the following six "compasses'' before embarking on any journey. A team's vision must be aligned with:
A MORAL COMPASS (Look Above).
A moral compass brings integrity to the vision. It helps all the people on the team to check their motives and make sure that they are labouring for the right reasons. It also brings credibility to the leaders who cast vision but only if they model the values that the team is expected to embrace. When they do, they bring fuel to the vision, which keeps it going.
An INTUITIVE COMPASS (Look Within).
Where integrity brings fuel to the vision, passion brings fire. And the true fire of passion and conviction comes only from within. Visions spring forth from our intuition. If necessity is the mother of inventions, intuition is the mother of vision. Experience feeds our intuition and enhances our insight. A vision must resonate deep within the leader of the team. Then it must resonate within the team members.
A HISTORICAL COMPASS (Look Behind).
A compelling vision should build on the past, not diminish it. It should make positive use of anything contributed by previous teams in the organization. When you include the history of the team, the people who have been in the organization a long time sense that they are valued. At the same time, the newer people receive a sense of security, knowing that the current vision builds the past and leads to the future.
A DIRECTIONAL COMPASS (Look Ahead).
Henry David Thoreau wrote,"if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.'' Vision provides direction for the team. Part of the direction comes from a sense of purpose. Another comes from having goals, which brings targets to the vision. A goal motivates the team.
A STRATEGIC COMPASS (Look Around).
A goal won't do the team much good without the steps to accomplish it. Vision without strategy is little more than daydream. The value of strategy is that it brings process to the vision. It identifies resources and mobilizes the members of the team. People need more than information and inspiration. They need instruction in what to do to make the vision become reality and a way to get there.
A VISIONARY COMPASS (Look Beyond).
The vision of the team must look beyond current circumstances and any obvious shortcomings of current teammates to see the potential of the team. A truly great vision speaks to what team members can become if they truly live out their values and work according to their highest standards. Without a challenge many people tend to fade or fall away. Charles Noble observed, “You must have a long range vision to keep you from being frustrated by short range failures''.Vision helps people with motivation. That can be highly important for highly talented people.
EXCERPTS FROM THE 17 UNDISPUTABLE LAWS OF TEAM WORK…JOHN C MAXWELL.