It wouldn’t be amusing if you start imagining about Thomas Edison or Alexander Graham Bell when the word “legacy” comes up, because these are the people who has revolutionized the world with their inventions. Or some famous actor/actress may come to your mind while taking about legacy.
All these amazing people, in their own way, have left a mark on history. Were they told to do so, or did they copy someone, or did they have a goal, a dream, a vision? Having a vision means the ability to think or plan the future with imagination and wisdom.
Following are the building blocks of a vision:
It is more than a statement
The process of creating a company’s culture is by specifically defining our vision, mission, values and purpose. This will take a lot of thinking, time, effort, creativity from entire team as the purpose is to fine-tune each component. But remember, it’s not the end, it’s just a beginning. There are many organizations that stop at this point, consider the task completed and spread the word by making murals, screensavers, hang them on the walls. Though it is done with good intentions, however one should remember that even murals fade in the hustle-bustle of daily business operations.
Take the lead
To create a vision that sets a legacy for organizations, the commitment should start from top. The c suite level must be on board with the vision so that the entire team can see the vision in action. Taking the lead in implementing the vision also means that the leadership should show to implement that vision in every task one does. This may sound like spoon feeding but trust us when we say it is vital to show your team how to live those words after all actions speak louder than words.
Living those words of vision consistently is important as it helps in building trust. Following the core values only with clients and not with the internal team will demonstrate a lack of authenticity which the internal team is highly likely to pick up as a bad habit.
Taking it beyond office walls
In addition to setting an example for the internal team by living the vision in every task, it is also recommended that the same is demonstrated with the clients and suppliers. They are the partners of the organization and by following vision with them shall make a great impact on them. Incorporating vision in day-to-day business operation helps in building commitment across teams which further builds the culture as a part of the DNA.
As a part of the DNA, it starts showing up in sales, in marketing activities, HR policies are reflecting them, social media and any external communications are infused with the vision that consistently tells the same story as described in vision statement.
Future is Here
It takes spilt of seconds for business leaders to get involved in “running” a business, talk of recipe for disaster. It is critical for the leaders to look beyond ledger, P&L statement and balance sheet to see how an organization can make touch lives of internal teams, clients, community and even the globe.
Therefore, it is important to have these building blocks while designing and implementing vision throughout and beyond your organization’s premises.