For the past few weeks we have been diving deep into organizational change.
We have explored the emotions that change brings about.
We have emphasized the importance of our people.
We have embraced the concept that sharing is succeeding.
But what is it that we are exploring, emphasizing, and embracing?
The “what” is the Vision.
A vision serves as a bridge, a link from the present to the future in the minds of those who are affected by change.
[quote]A vision is not just a statement; it is a compelling living idea that feeds us intellectually and emotionally.[/quote]
Developing, clarifying, and communicating a clear vision is an important step in the change process.
Developing the vision: Our people look at us as leaders to define a vision and to paint the picture of the future.
Clarifying the vision: Our people look to our guidance as leaders to clarify and identify the direction of change.
Communicating the vision: Our people need to be respected enough for us to communicate a clear, inclusive vision for change—so they, in turn, can help us bring the vision to reality.
[quote]Communicating a vision helps our people see themselves in the present being useful and in the future making a difference.[/quote]
Having a vision helps people understand the reason for change and the benefits it can bring. It helps people prepare. It helps to stay focused, and it aligns behaviors and activities to be successful.
[quote]Having a vision is essential to the heart of leadership and the soul of change. [/quote]
Lead from within: Shared vision is a shared heart, a shared leadership, and a shared organization. It benefits us all.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.