Vision Setting Workshop

Vision Setting: How to create a living strategic plan

We all struggle to find our place in the world. We all wonder if there’s more to our lives than existing through the 9-5 job. We want to know our purpose and we want to make a difference.
The same is true for organizations.

Organizations tend to bury themselves in poly-syllabic words which end up diluting any meaning their mission and vision statements have. Their strategic plans end up gathering dust on a shelf only to be reviewed when it’s time to create a new one.

Key Take-Aways
• A clear statement of your purpose
• Vision for you or your organization
• How to share your vision
• How to use your vision to create apostles, disciples, and followers
• The basis of a living strategic plan

Specific Objectives
• Identify your purpose and calling
• Determine if you have a vision
• Formulate your vision for the future
• Practice sharing your vision
• Build an understanding of how to build your vision-network
• Identify high level, long range goals for achieving your Vision
• Build an outline of your strategic plan based on your mission and vision

When:  Thursday, Nov 17, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Where: Holiday Inn Express, HWY 933, Niles MI 49120

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Old School

Beware the barrenness of a busy life

~ Socrates

I’m a busy person. Chances are you are too.

I’ve found the adage, “if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person” to be accurate.

The good news is that you can be a busy person and still have a vision. BUT…you have to realize an important nuance; A vision is NOT something you do (or can do) – it’s a change you want to see. It can be a small change (and therefore a small vision) or it can be world changing.

So, you can be busy and have a vision…but don’t confuse being busy as working on your vision. Chances are you’re busy doing good works, but not making your vision come true. To do that you have to evangelize more than be a doer.

Here’s a simple exercise I do with visionaries. List all of your achievements for the past year. For me it was things like “write a book,” “learn a new skill,” “exercise more,” “eat healthier,” etc. All fine aspirations.

Then ask yourself; “How did these achievements differ from your achievements the years before that?”

You may have broken new ground, but if you look at the body of work, “are you changing the world or are you just staying busy doing good things?

You can do a lot of good works and achieve little to nothing.

You’ll need to focus on your vision to make it come true. You will need to share it far and wide.

Feel free to stay busy and accomplish many good works…but don’t confuse that with working toward your vision.

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World!


Giving Thanks

Giving thanks has to have the best ROI of any effort you can perform.  Cost is negligible and the return is immeasurable.  High value, low cost and yet it is still not as common as you would expect.

I know I’ve told you (repeatedly) that being a Visionary can be a thankless job.  I warned you that thanks would be few and far between.

There will be the happy rare occasion when you are appreciated for your vision.

Let’s count this as one of those.

Thank you.

Thank you for taking on the difficult task of changing our world.

Thank you for putting others before yourself.

Thank you for your generosity.

Thank you for giving so much of your time, resources, and energy.

Thank you for your unwavering focus and dedication to making our world a better place.

Thank you.


Predicting the Future

The best way to predict the future is to invent it
~ Alan Kay (renowned computer scientist)

In a recent online post, the writer had this to say about the above quote: “Aside from masterful technologists like Mr. Kay, few among us have the capacity to actually create the future.”

I found this utterly depressing and totally wrong. The idea that only a few masterful technologists can invent the future is myopic and pessimistic.

As a visionary you can and if successful WILL invent the future. Mankind has been inventing our future since Adam ate the apple. It’s one of our blessings and curses – that we of all creatures can invent our futures. The question has always been, What type of future will we create? It’s up to us. It’s up to you.

What is the future you plan on inventing?

Many think a leader’s job is figure out the road the organization is on and the impending changes so we can react accordingly. But a true leader does more than predict the future, she shapes it. A true leader designs the future and then makes it a reality.

None of the worlds’ successful visionaries were satisfied to leverage the inevitable! Instead they dreamed of the most unlikely futures and made them reality. Pick your favorite visionary (if you haven’t found one yet – go out and research a little), and see what the future looked like before she started spreading her vision.

You can invent the future – and your vision is the first step in making it a reality!

Remember, Your Vision Will Change the World!