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Leading through vision

Have you ever sat back in your most comfy armchair, closed your eyes and imagined being on some tropical beach with the sound of the sea lapping on the beach? Let’s face it most of us have - or at least we can certainly imagine something very similar. When I talk about leading with vision it’s no more complex than this. Taking time out of your busy schedule to close your eyes And mind to the daily humdrum and reflect on what’s going well in your business and what it might look and feel like without some of the noise that slows our progress.

In my work I carry some very strong and, to me at least, Stimulating and powerful images of what “good looks like.” Much of these images were “imprinted“ during multiple stints spent working for Nissan in both the UK and Japan in the early 90’s. To me the idea of “the silent factory” had a deep resonance as it represented not just the actual noise levels of the machines and processes but of the calmness with which people went about their daily work. In this environment deviation was easy to spot and, since events were seldom and singular, leaders had the capacity to focus! imagine the luxury of only having one or two major issues to attend to.

A pipedream for some perhaps but for organisations striving for world class performance, it’s essential that key leaders hold a strong sense of purpose driven by very clear visions of what they are striving for. These visions are fundamental in creating tension between the status quo and the future. Take some time to relax, clear your mind and just imagine what good looks like for you and your business. You won’t regret it!

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