Inspiring a Shared Vision
Posted September 4, 2018 in Membership
By Jeremiah Jones
Chances are, that if you are a member of CALSPro, you have some sort of leadership role within your organization. In business, in order to be successful, I firmly believe that you need solid leaders, who have a clear vision of where the organization is heading, and who can help inspire others to both buy into that vision and then to take the steps necessary to get there. It is far too easy to get complacent and to just go with the flow rather than making the effort to create an organizational culture and to offer a product that you can truly be proud of.
As a company, we spent years really trying to carve out our niche and to figure out who it is that we wanted to be. We spent countless hours and tons of money casting a “wide net”: trying different things and various approaches in an effort to “figure ourselves out.” As an organization and as a leadership team, it was good for us to go through the practice of trying different things out, having successes and failures, and then taking the time to evaluate and assess both our successes and failures.
By going through that process, it helped us to be able to develop a vision of who we wanted to be as an organization: what we wanted our culture to be like, what types of clients we wanted to have, what types of services we wanted to offer, what type of work/life balance we wanted to be able to have, etc. Once we developed that vision, we started taking steps towards a shared vision for our company. Although this is still a work in progress, we have experienced a tremendous amount of employee buy in, which has led to a smoother running company: helping us to have higher morale, more satisfied customers, and has helped us enjoy a significant amount of growth over the last few years.
I recently came across a blog post written by Bill Mugavin that has some great suggestions for ways to help create a shared vision for your organization.