Trying to promote change and innovation? Keep the end in mind with a robust, vivid, compelling vision that you keep front and center. It can unleash innovation and be a touchstone, barometer and guide for what and how things get done.
When you have a robust vision of the future, it opens up possibilities. Rather than closing down options, it can allow for change and innovation. With a robust and compelling vision, the focus becomes on achieving the vision — on moving forward — not just making the here and now more efficient or productive or less risky. It allows people to engage in creative thinking about how to get to that vision because ultimately there can be a wide variety of ways to achieve it. Without a vision:
- people and organizations become overly focused on what and how things are done now
- change represents uncertainty and as humans, we hate uncertainty
- there is no gauge to measure a new idea, which makes the idea that much harder to justify pursuing
The vision provides a road map for how something new or different is, indeed, not leading us into uncertainty but closer to the ultimate destination.
And it’s important that the vision not just be a statement that hangs on the wall. It needs to serve as a tool to guide conversations, to help make decisions, to determine how resources are allocated and to promote debate.
How are your vision helping promote change and innovation?