An idea can generate action. Behind every success story, there was once a person who saw how something could be improved and worked to make it happen. Vision may be a requisite for leadership, but vision and leadership are only half formed if they lack effective implementation. In order to implement your own company vision, bear in mind the following ideas.
SET MEASURABLE GOALS
Quantifiable goals are clear goals. Setting a vague goal, such as “become a better company,” invites others to interpret your actions and their intentions from a variety of possible perspectives. If you are aiming to achieve your vision, there is a better way.
The key point with quantifiable goals is to avoid doing too much at once. A measurable goal with a target is too far away can be immensely demoralizing for those people tasked with its fulfillment. Rather, consider your priorities and compartmentalize them as much as possible, then act upon them in sequence. Big things are the sum of little things.
ENSURE TEAM LEADERS ARE ONBOARD
The larger an organization becomes, the more crucial effective delegation is to its operations. While perhaps less of an issue with a small company, micromanaging the daily concerns of hundreds of employees is an overwhelming – and overwhelmingly inefficient – task. Leaders at all levels of the organization are needed, but equally necessary is that they share your organizational philosophy and ethic.
A caveat: Having a team that shares your philosophy does not equate to surrounding yourself with people who only say “yes.” Your team leaders should understand your desires and, more importantly, how those desires translate into practical action. You may need to compromise aspects of your vision that prove unattainable in the short-term. On the other hand, you may need to stand your ground and insist upon adherence to certain goals.
Developing the discretion required to make these decisions can be one of the most challenging aspects of turning your organizational vision into tangible reality. Note, however, that communicating clear, measurable goals to your team leaders could increase your opportunity for success.
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