These ‘strategic planning meetings’ are an exercise in defining (or refining) the direction of the organization and to establish (or refine) the strategies and action plans on how to get there.
Having facilitated many of these meetings over the years, I find the biggest common stumbling block for most leaders is the beginning … ‘the vision’.
Visions without clarity are a problem. The biggest problem is getting the entire organization on board, engaged and excited about the future, when you are going in a fuzzy direction.
My leadership tip this week is to have you evaluate how inspiring your vision is for the team that you lead.
A good way (albeit risky) to do this, is to randomly ask people in your organization any one (or all) of these questions.
What is our vision?
Why is our vision important?
What is the one thing you do that contributes to our vision?
If they don’t enthusiastically know the answer to these questions, you’re missing opportunities to deliver on your vision and to profitably grow the business every day.
Consider these words from the late Steve Jobs. “If you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed, the vision pulls you through”.
Don’t stumble, have a clear and inspiring vision for your organization.