Nearly everyone believes they have a winning vision. Except for those who willingly admit that they really don’t have a vision at all.
Organizational or career vision often comes in two distinct flavors. Short-term or long-term. Sure, there are variants of either and some visionary behaviors may exist somewhere in the middle.
What is your vision and is it winning?
On the short-term side people strive to win at all costs and do it as quickly as possible.
They’re often looking for the shortcut, the corners to cut, and the fast track. This angle exists, sometimes, but it also has residues or side effects from the behavior that drives it. Often, it is analyzed (or scrutinized) through the continuum of ethics.
More pressure driven by short-term goals or immediate gratification push people towards the high-risk side of ethical behavior. Trust is tested or harmed and the underground climate often appears more corrupt than it does transparent.
The other side of course, is a longer-term path. This path also recognizes the constraints of time, but on this path, time is viewed as more of an asset than it is an expense.
This scenario often wins because it is more patient and calculated with less irresponsible risk. Urgency is as much about doing things right as it as about how long it takes.
This climate is typically well respected and is tastefully seasoned with integrity.
Fifty-two sprints are not equal to a marathon. The thought may be, what we can do fast must be better than what we can endure.
The vision you have for your career, your team, or the entire organization will have outcomes based on the cultural aspects created by leadership.
How do you apply cultural values to your vision?
You can lead. There is still room for more leadership.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.