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Creating a vision

11/14/10

A Vision, according to Webster, is "a thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination." Recently, I have participated in several visioning sessions that were designed to create end-goals for projects. Visions be developed at many levels--organizational, business unit, technical, operational. What is critical is that the visions be in alignment with each other.

How do you ensure that everyone is working towards the same vision? Early and frequent involvement is key--make sure that you cross-pollinate each visioning group with people who have participated in the development of the other visions. Have those people be wanderers--going around, gently keeping people within the bounds of the bigger vision while also listening for things that may have been missed in earlier visions.

Pictures are worth a thousand (or more) words. Try to draw a representation of your vision and share it with others. If done well, people will instantly "see" what you are trying to accomplish.

That alone is worth the time investment.


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