A comedy we were watching recently had an employer sit down with her unmotivated and directionless employee. The employer had a six-inch three-ring binder with about 300 pages of charts and plans. She explained to the employee that this was her vision for her, and she had one for each member of the team. A little overkill? Yes. But the idea is there.
This week’s post will be shorter than most because it’s preparatory to the challenge of next week. I want you to do a little research into the vision of your team this week. Do you have one? Do you have a vision for each one of your team members. Is this written down anywhere? What is your for your team? And each member in it? Do they have it in writing? Could they explain it to an outsider to your team?
The leadership challenge for you this week: Establish a vision for your team and each member within it.
This is an extremely powerful goal. If you don’t know where to start, start with the mission statement of your organization. How can that be applied to your team? To each team member individually? If you feel as though the organizational mission is too vague for action, make it actionable for your team.
Take a sheet of paper, and write down the vision you have for your team. If possible, call a team meeting and have input from your team of what they want to see happen and improve. Make that the mission statement for your team. Then, on individual sticky notes, jot down the vision you have for each of the members on your team. This will come in handy with next week’s challenge.
Do not assume that the team members know this “just in their heads”. You will be shocked, if you survey each member, to see the disparity of vision among the individuals!