So what is vision?

It’s a shared look at the future, and it is a future filled with hope and promise.

If your future looks bright, make sure your team knows about it. Tell the story of how you achieved all this, thank the people who helped you get there.

If on the other hand your company’s immediate future is bleak you can still encourage vision, but you have to creatively and courageously tell stories. I’ve been through this kind of thing at work, and we did come out stronger.

Unfortunately I can’t tell that story.  Fortunately I thought of an even better story to articulate this idea of vision.

In a country where segregation was the law of the land, and racial hate was rampant Martin Luther King Jr, continued to tell the story of a future where people would no longer be judged by the color of their skin.  He continued to tell these stories in the face of economic hardship, and in under the the constant threat of assassination, and with the memory of attacks on his family still burned deeply into his memory.  It is context that  Martin Luther King Jr. made one of his most powerful speeches to his battle weary friends and followers:

Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead.

But it doesn’t matter with me now. Because I’ve been to the mountaintop…

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.

If you are faced with a Death March style project, the only thing you can do is to hold out a vision for a better future and do everything in your power to make that happen. You can’t ignore the present, you can’t ignore the grueling overtime, the unrealistic deadlines, or the managerial mistakes that got you here — if you do nobody will listen to you, nobody will respect what you have to say.  Instead, you have to demonstrate that you have or can come up with a plan to get out of the desert into the promised land.   Compelling vision begins with the hard truth of today, but holds up an achievable hope for tomorrow.

11 Responses to “So what is vision?”

  1. 1neema

    vision can be defined as a short term plans or goals which person or an organizations has to accomplish.

  2. 2steve

    nice… can you tell me what is your personal vision statement?

  3. hi… can you give me some examples of a strategic vision? pls help me I really need it.thanks!

  4. 4Primie

    hi … can you please explain vision and mission.thanks

  5. 5ifeanyi

    mission without a vision is like life without air, and you know that such a life is not real,so also must a mission go with a vision.thanks

  6. 6ifeanyi duru

    a vision must have a running mission.thanks

  7. 7Jennufer Acheru

    A vision must be attainable and realistic. Vision must have a mission statement that will pilot one in achieving your vision. Vision, mission without values is like a forest without trees.

  8. 8Gabriel.

    Vision can be defined as a futuristic view of what a person or an organisation intends to achieve.It may be short term or long term.

  9. 9Yogita

    Vision is nothing but, the BIG PICTURE about a company,Institute,project and why to leave an individual with his DREAMS…..the vision is nothing but the DREAM that helps one to see the future prospects. Most of the organisation fails if they do not have a shared Vision. The people fail to be successful if they do not set a Vision for their lives. The BIG PICTURE helps you through the process to move to towards a particular direction and achieve what is been predecided.
    Well, if we talk abt mission it is the tool to help achieve the Vision….the entire process is just like moving on the stairs….Mission is the STEPS on the stair case; reaching the VISION i.e the final Floor in mind say the Top floor of a building.
    This procedure also has a MANDATE/GOAL….which means further fragmentation of MISSION to make the Task more easier and Goal oriented….with every fragment you move on, you move more closer to your Mission and Vision respectively!
    All set….All the Best!!!
    Yogita Yash
    Change Management.

  10. 10Umer Ashfaq

    vision is your aim in life what do u whant to do in future.

  11. I like a lot of this ‘enlightenment’ particularly how vision relates to mission and mission to values. I suppose the only point I would debate (not argue) is that a vision needn’t be achievable in terms of metrics as it should be aspirational and not necessarily tangible (isn’t that why its called a vision?) Goal orientated, SMART metric stuff of course applies to missions and tasks.


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