The necessity and benefits of vision
The most recent concept that I have found experience and scholarship worthy of sharing deals with the topic of vision. Most of us know that any virtue taken to extremes can become a vice. We also know that failed businesses often lack mature vision. It is clearly a quality and a skill that should be incorporated in our various pursuits.
Vision: Handle with care
Yet perhaps more than any other business concept I am addressing, immature vision is among the most dangerous I have encountered. When handled without appropriate wisdom and skill, the very virtue behind such extensive success can become a ball and chain the stalls progress - or worse.
An excessive focus on vision that fails to recognize and address the steps which exist between vision and realization can, among many other issues:
- Eradicate the achievement of goals,
- Threaten the existence of establish organizations,
- Prevent the formation of new entities; and in some cases,
- Create moral or ethical quandaries that can ultimately destroy the integrity of both budding and established leaders.
This is a topic that needs to be addressed more than it is.
I look forward to not only publishing the newspaper-length article in the series, but also to addressing the issue in more detail in a forum that can accommodate a more exhaustive examination.
A correct understanding of a vision's nature
However, while this is a topic with extraordinary depth, I believe the central challenge most often faced by those wrestling with vision is misunderstanding its role.
Your Strategy Needs A Strategy, breaks down the many complexities that exist at the nexus of vision and strategy. The authors quote renowned computer scientist, Alan Kay, who observed, "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
Yet it takes little effort to identify ventures that fail as a consequence of a belief which borders on the magical, namely that the strength, innovative nature, and even the mere existence of a vision is all it takes to bring about success.
Such dogma is dangerous. To be successful, there needs to be a correct understanding of visionary principles.
The heart of the matter
I propose that vision realized is a process and journey -- not an event or destination.
The more one understands these principles and acts upon them, the more likely goals will be met or exceeded.
Experiences to share?
If you have any experiences with either the failed or successful realization of vision in business and would like to be considered for inclusion, please contact me.