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Organizational Alignment: What’s Your 3 Year Vision?

Organizational Alignment

We are all headed somewhere. Where are you and your company headed? Start by asking yourself: Given our current path, what will our company be doing and what will it look like in 3-5 years? Next ask: Where do I want my company to be in 3-5 years? Is the second answer the same as the first? If not, what needs to change? What are you going to do to transition your company to the next level of success?

As a leader, you have the power to create and shape the vision for your company. You have the power to align people and processes with the company’s goals. First, you and your team must establish the vision and direction for your company.

Visualize where you want your company to be in 3-5 years:

  • What does your company look like?
  • What is your company doing?
  • What are you known for?
  • What are people saying about your company, externally and internally?
  • Why do clients and customers keep coming back?

Perhaps, you already have a clear vision of where you want your company to be in 3 years. If so, great, but don’t stop there. What do you and your company need to achieve in 2014 to ensure you are on the right path and getting closer to your vision?

  • What are the immediate areas of focus?
  • What goals can be developed in these areas?
  • What potential obstacles may arise, and how might you address them?
  • What role will you play?

Again, it’s crucial to ask yourself: Is our company’s current path going to land us where we want to be? If so, great, that’s’ fantastic!

If not, establish some clarity around this bigger vision. What’s it going to take to get there? What needs to change? What actions are you going to take? What you do now will determine where you will be in the future.

Do you have a big vision for your company? We want to hear about it! We’re offering 2 FREE coaching sessions. Fill out the form below and let’s talk about transitioning your company to the next level of success.

 

Ballroom Dancing

I tried something new last week – I went to a ballroom dancing lesson with my wife, reluctantly, that is – very reluctantly.

While I like to try and learn new things, I must admit stepping on my wife’s toes and making a fool of myself was not my idea of spending an evening with my wife.   After years of hinting and suggesting to me “how great it would be to do this together,” I finally gave in and with trepidation, agreed to give it a try.  There I was, doing new and unfamiliar things with my wife Gwen.

So how was it?

My wife was (of course) right – it was GREAT!

While I am never going to be the next Fred Astaire, I must admit that I really had a great time. It was nice to see my wife happy doing something she really enjoys.  Also, the dancing, or more like me stumbling around the dance floor, was great exercise!   I was a little worried what others might think of my ‘moves’ but I didn’t notice the other people at all. I was totally absorbed in learning something new and trying to keep up with my wife!  Actually, my dancing wasn’t a total failure as I remembered some of the dance steps I learned many years ago in the dancing lessons my parents had signed me up for. It was a good experience, and it was both relaxing and reinvigorating to step away from my daily routine of being a business and executive coach, and try something totally different.

Without my wife being on my case about it, this would never have happened.  I certainly would not have come up with this idea on my own.

In a way, it also had to do with something I did a year ago. I went through a personal and professional development executive coaching process (yes, executive coaches use coaches for their own development). After completing the process, I gained new insights about myself and discovered that I was/am a “recovering workaholic” (some people near and dear to me would take issue with the “recovering” part of that description).  With this knowledge, I made it one of my goals to get a better work-life balance.

A good start, but still very vague and hard to pin down, so my coach worked with me to get it to be more specific. The result was a commitment to spend more time with my wife and trying new things together that my wife would like to do. It was this commitment I made during last year’s coaching process that ultimately made it impossible for me to say no to my wife’s deeply held desire to get us to ballroom dancing lessons.

What’s next? More lessons? Definitely! Dancing with the Stars? Why not, at least in front of the TV at home in our family room 🙂