Picture this. Candidate A receives a job offer from a start-up driven by its vision to achieve greatness. Whereas, Candidate B struggles to establish a sense of belonging within a company that fails to even articulate its purpose. So, where would you want to work?
Without proper vision, any individual will feel handicapped when their eyesight is impaired. Similarly, when your organisational vision or purpose lacks clarity, team members are left directionless. That’s how powerful its effect really is. When well-structured, a company vision can not only align team goals with that of the organisation’s, it can also strongly foster a collaborative spirit and contribute to building a cohesive workplace culture.
Business; Vision; Leadership; Culture
It’s essential for your business strategies to align with your ultimate vision for sustained success. A vague or irrelevant organisational vision fuels indecision, delays, confusion, and mistakes.
That’s where the A-Team or rather, The Leadership Team comes in. Instrumental in shaping the growth and success of the organisation, the leaders with foresight and strategic acumen must align their organisation’s vision with the evolving workforce landscape seamlessly. When leaders lack vision, there is no clarity on where the organisation is heading. The repercussions of which are dire for both, the business and the culture of the organisation:
Absence of direction and purpose
Chaotic organisational structure
Lack of trust
Limited organisational growth and value addition
Drop in morale and productivity
Failure to lure potential investors
Having said that, it’s important to remember that every problem’s got a solution close by - all you need is to clear the haze and look for a fresh perspective.
As a leader, you can counter this organisational vision blur and motivate your team members by:
Clearly defining a meaningful vision statement to answer who your entity is serving, the problem it intends to resolve (from a societal and global perspective), and the difference it wants to make. This statement needs to be reflective of your organisation’s values, so it translates into actionable deliverables.
Documenting specific actions to direct your team to fulfil the vision outlined. Also, identify owners who will support, lead, and facilitate meeting this common purpose.
Involving the team while creating the company’s vision to align goals, build trust, and foster a sense of pride. Addressing their concerns in the process will ensure they are all on board. Find your way to etch the vision within the minds of the employees.
Keeping it simple, easy to comprehend, and jargon-free. Consistent messaging, adequate training opportunities, and extending team support will help address any resistance to the changing demands.
Bringing the vision to life through your behaviour and actions while performing your daily duties. This serves as a reminder to your workforce to not lose sight of the common purpose and also reflects your commitment to achieve it.
Rewarding team members who go the extra mile to meet the organisation’s vision statement. This acts as an incentive for others to follow suit.
Blur out the gaps with an inclusive approach. Leaders and the general workforce are more likely to strive to achieve larger organisational goals when their voice is heard and the vision recognises that each stakeholder is an essential cog in the wheel. This creates an equal opportunity space for your workforce to flourish and encourages a healthy professional culture despite obvious differences.
Utilising the induction phase to make your new resources feel welcomed, supported, and heard, besides introducing them to the organisation’s vision and overall culture, is a welcome first step. It safeguards them from navigating unknown territory and strengthens bonds.
Empower your Workforce to Grow
When your purpose is strong and executable, it becomes a driving force for the team to strive for excellence. In turn, the company thrives and you retain precious talent.
Your vision statement will resonate with the modern-day workforce when it:
Promotes open and transparent communication
Allows for work flexibility
Provides growth opportunities
Establishes regular feedback channels
Dispel your organisation’s vision blur by joining these missing dots. So that tomorrow, be it candidate A or B, all talent that walks through your doors is not only taken by your overarching vision but also ready to play a pivotal role in how you aim to transform the world, without a shred of doubt.
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