Stretch

Vision-Infused Planning

SEED TIP OF THE MONTH | MARCH

You’ve done a great job engaging a diverse team to articulate what success looks like in the future.  Is the team excited?  Can everyone talk about what you intend to create and who benefits?  Have you elicited inputs from all who may have interest to expand the vision and invest in its potential?  Does your vision utilize a lot of what you do uniquely well, and other good things that already exist in the world, that you will make even better?  If so, you’re ready to create a work plan that will guide the team to draw on the vision for continual inspiration. 

 

Too often there is a tendency to develop an inspired vision and then put it aside for periodic reference. Or you may forget the vision entirely in the nitty-gritty of planning. This makes visioning akin to stretching a rubber band to its full kinetic potential and then releasing it and losing its potency.  Here’s an approach that instead draws continually on the power of your vision.

“Fully Realized” 
is your end game. What will success look like?  List the most exciting, impactful outcomes. (We urge that you contain your projections within five years, since much will change by then.)

“Genesis” 
refers to the seeds that are already taking root. List the foundational results that must first be established to communicate and demonstrate more of the vision.

“Developing” 
is the stage in which work teams are enthusiastically implementing projects that embrace the spirit of your  vision at its best. List the outcomes you intend to have made visible, when you are about halfway to your big dream.

Stretch your imaginations. 
How do you see your vision  evolving?  Let’s define just three stages.  You can create a simple table and invite the team to fill in the blanks. We recommend starting at the bottom and working your way up to fill in the chart.

What happens to the individuals who will benefit at each stage? Invite your team to ponder this question and add to your chart. You may also want to include new competencies and resources to be acquired for success at each stage. 

 

It can be helpful to have one or two people develop a first draft of this chart. Then engage others to add and clarify.  Don’t rush.  You will do well to put the document aside for several days, and bring everyone back with fresh eyes to refine it further.

 

This is a fine piece of work.  We’ll pick up from here next time!

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2017

April 2017 – Are We Dancing Yet?

March 2017 – What Is Going On Here and How Can We Work With It?

February 2017 –  Are We Listening for What Is Trying to Happen?

January 2017  Designing Your Own Website, Without A Designer

 

2016

December 2016 – Are We Facing Our Fears?

November 2016 – Have You Identified Your "Strategic Who?"

October 2016 – How Are You Watering Your Own Garden?

September 2016 – What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

August 2016 – Shall We Dance?

July 2016 – Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

June 2016 – What Is Your Secret Sauce? 

May 2016 – Changing the World and Reporting It, One Butterfly at a Time

April 2016 – The Right Tool For The Right Job

March 2016 – Listening For What is Trying to Happen

February 2016 – How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

January 2016 – New Year. New Possibilities. Get On It. 

2015

December 2015 – Trust: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

November  2015 – A Team that Reflects Together ... Rocks

October 2015 – Are You Contributing from Your Sweet Spot?

September 2015 – What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

August 2015 – Emptying the Page to Empty the Mind

July 2015 – Emptying the Mind for New Insights

June 2015 – What do we do when our beautiful plans get derailed?

May 2015 – Who will Bring Your Plans To Life?

April 2015 – Planning with the Magic of Kairos Time

March 2015 – Vision Infused-Planning

February 2015 – Bringing Our Visions to Life

January 2015 – Visioning: We'll See It When We Believe It

 

2014

December 2014 – Busting Out of the Habit of Critique

November 2014 – Enrolling Allies

October 2014 – Achieve Your Mission

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