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  • Jeff Eben - The How Many Wins Guy

Leaders Need Their Vision Tested

What would your school or organization look like when you accomplish all the things you set out to do? That is a question I would put out to our teachers and student leaders everywhere I've been. I've asked it while serving in leadership roles I've had outside of education as well. It's a critical conversation that great teams aren't afraid to have over time. With good leadership acting as a facilitator, you can get input AND find the common ground . At the end of the conversation, you are left with an agreed upon description of how the team wants their organization to look. In my world of culture building, I call this description your VISION.

I've been told by many that vision setting is a waste of time, which hurts my heart. When I was young, I was taught to picture things as you want them. I would have never made it out of intensive care if I didn't have an idea of what I become. Teams are no different; they need a road map that clearly shows the destination. Vision allows everyone on the team to move forward in a common direction that everyone has helped define. You wouldn't build a house without a solid foundation, nor would you want to build a culture without a sound base. Once a shared vision is constructed, your team can start its journey to being great. . Leadership is all about being intentional; if we want to be a first class organization, we need to know what it looks like. The answer lies in asking the right question.

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