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Nailing down your vision: 8 steps

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Vision: It’s one of the hardest things to obtain.

Some guidance to get started:
  1. Think about what your customers and your organization need most. Consider your firm’s original mission and how your customers, the marketplace and your workers have evolved.

  2. Notice what you can improve. Examine the small things first— the details—and see if something binds them. That might be your next-generation product. Then ask your team how they would operate if they had to scrap everything and start over from scratch. That might be your groundbreaking new product.

  3. Believe in an outcome. If you don’t believe in your vision, you won’t achieve it. The same goes for everyone else. Share excitement about a collective goal.

  4. Key your goal to top industry standards. What’s your rating or ranking in the industry? An ambitious jump in the ratings may become your vision. Then, the next step: how to accomplish it.

  5. Make it real. Set benchmarks and deadlines. Write out a schedule with two or three phases. Refine it with your veterans. Make it attainable.

  6. Go for guts and glory. How hard and fast can you push? What will get your team noticed? How will you reward them after they deliver?

  7. Consider what your team can achieve right now. Start with a realistic goal, and step up the goals as you proceed. Look at your resources, and fully exploit them.

  8. Watch for your moment. Let’s say you have your vision from the get-go. That doesn’t mean you should announce it your first day on the job. If you come on too strongly, you’ll turn off people. So, wait. Take some time to get to know others, learn the ropes and evaluate the systems.
— Adapted from The Essential Supervisor’s Handbook, Brette McWhorter Sember and Terrence J. Sember, Career Press.

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