Friday, November 13, 2015

Don't get sideswiped! Create your "AHA! Vision"

I consider October through February the "season for strategic planning" for every organization. We can't help but think of the current year's successes, failures, challenges and opportunities taken or missed. At the same time we begin focusing our attention on the things we desire for the coming year and longer. If organization leaders don't do this, the teams lose opportunities for focus and creative thinking.

It can be mind-boggling! Do you feel slightly (or a lot) overwhelmed at the thought of creating a vision that will truly speak to your brand, your mission, your passion and purpose? Were you able to focus on those areas during 2015 or were you sideswiped from your intended path?

Let's start a revolution! Strategic planning should be more about the Aha! moments that lead to a lasting vision. It's exciting, not dull. It's liberating, not restricting. It's fresh and memorable.

I've facilitated many strategic planning sessions over the years, and here is the common denominator:

Over time the leadership team gets distracted, failing to keep a laser focus on the vision and mission, forgetting to tie every strategy and action back to that vision and mission.

I want to hang around longer, past the day or two of planning, so when you get muddled and sideswiped; when you see the trees instead of the forest; when that 30,000 foot view is cloudy I step back in as your coach to keep you focused. 

I've been where you are. I know the challenges, and it drives me crazy just as it does you, to miss those opportunities when they are right in front of me. You too, right?

So here we are in the season for creating the Aha! Vision. Jump on board, and let's take this journey together.  Call or email for a chat. Here are my open dates for the first part of 2016 + one in December:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Monday, February 1, 2016

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