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Work of Leaders: VISION

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A review of the first step in Vision, Alignment, and Execution from the Everything DiSC Work of Leaders profile and book.

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Work of Leaders: VISION

  1. 1. Work of Leaders: VISION Activities for Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders | VISION | | alignment | execution | DiSC® is a registered trademark of Everything DiSC, a Wiley Brand. Activities for Everything DiSC® Work of Leaders | VISION | | alignment | execution | DiSC® is a registered trademark of Everything DiSC, a Wiley Brand.
  2. 2. Work of Leaders: VISION Source model Everything DiSC Work of Leaders
  3. 3. Work of Leaders: VISION Vision “Experienced leaders didn't say that vision was just critical to their work. … They said vision is critical to every leader's work.”
  4. 4. Work of Leaders: VISION What is your vision?
  5. 5. Work of Leaders: VISION Vision • Does it make you stand out from your competitors? • Does it provide a sense of purpose? • Does it drive the creation of your goals? • Does it spark imagination? • Is it energizing?
  6. 6. Work of Leaders: VISION Samples
  7. 7. Work of Leaders: VISION “Organizations intent on building shared visions continually encourage members to develop their personal visions. If people don’t have their own vision, all they can do is sign up for someone else’s. The result is compliance, never commitment.”
  8. 8. Work of Leaders: VISION “Millennials don’t only demand to know the organization’s purpose — its reason for being — but are prepared to leave the firm if that purpose doesn’t align with their own values.” — Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner, Price Waterhouse The U.S. chairman of PWC on keeping Millennials engaged, Harvard Business Review
  9. 9. Work of Leaders: VISION “People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working.” — Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX I'm planning to retire to Mars, The Guardian
  10. 10. Work of Leaders: VISION As a leader, which of the following do you find more difficult? 0 30 60 Making sure I remain open to all possibilites without closing off my options too quickly. Closing off options so that we have a clear direction. Source: The Work of Leaders Usually most difficult for leaders
  11. 11. Work of Leaders: VISION Vision through exploration "Give yourself permission to set aside specific time to let your mind wander, to think about the possibilities."
  12. 12. Work of Leaders: VISION Do you need help remaining open? Discuss ways to avoid locking in on a plan or idea and moving to implementation too quickly. Seek Closure Remain Open For the purpose of developing a vision, you’ll be more successful moving towards the behavior on the right.
  13. 13. Work of Leaders: VISION Prioritize the Big Picture • “Why do we exist?” • “How do we behave?” • “What do we do?” • “How will we succeed?” • “What is most important, right now?” • “Who must do what?”
  14. 14. Work of Leaders: VISION Examples
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  16. 16. Work of Leaders: VISION Do you need help focusing on the big picture? • Discuss ways to look outside day-to-day responsibilities toward the bigger picture. • How do you keep details from bogging you down? Prioritize Prioritize Details Big Picture
  17. 17. Work of Leaders: VISION Do you need help focusing on the big picture? Prioritize Prioritize Details Big Picture
  18. 18. Work of Leaders: VISION Try it: Org. Obit. • Write your organization’s obituary. • Who did the brand leave behind? • What did the brand leave unaccomplished? • Who will mourn or miss the brand, and why? Idea from Write Your Brand’s Obituary, HRB
  19. 19. Work of Leaders: VISION Preparing your vision • What is your sphere of influence? • Who looks to you for direction and motivation? • How will your vision relate to the larger organizational vision?
  20. 20. Work of Leaders: VISION Vision: Assignment • Draft a vision statement. (A bold idea; not a mission statement) • Doodle around your themes. Make a mind map. Play with your ideas.
  21. 21. Work of Leaders: VISION Vision through boldness “The effective leader understands that a disruption to stability is sometimes necessary for growth (or even survival)."
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  23. 23. Work of Leaders: VISION Vision: Assignment • Edit your draft vision. • What assumptions are you making about how it will be accepted, how it will work, if it’s energizing, if others will understand it, etc.?
  24. 24. Work of Leaders: VISION Do you need help? Discuss ways to be more adventurous and able to speak boldly. Cautious Adventurous Hold Back Speak Out
  25. 25. Work of Leaders: VISION Testing your assumptions • “What am I missing here? What else should I know?” • Who can you go to for counsel? – Customers – Board – Customer's customers – Investors – Trusted advisor – Vendors – Teams in other departments – Peer in another industry
  26. 26. Work of Leaders: VISION “Our research showed that Millennials want every action the firm takes to represent their values, and they are more eager than others to be asked for input on important issues.” — Bob Moritz, chairman and senior partner, Price Waterhouse The U.S. chairman of PWC on keeping Millennials engaged, Harvard Business Review
  27. 27. Work of Leaders: VISION Testing your assumptions • Ask “What do you know that could disprove or support my assumptions?” • Socialize your idea. Let others interact with it. See how it holds up. • Practice listening, not selling or persuading at this point. • Share with your group your plan for socializing your draft vision.
  28. 28. Work of Leaders: VISION “As the CEO of a private company, I saw that creating a compelling vision and crafting an inspiring narrative are key to achieving results. You must never lose site of the ultimate goal.” – Raymond Edwin Mabus, Jr 75th secretary of the U.S. Navy To Lead, You Must Focus, Harvard Business Review
  29. 29. Work of Leaders: VISION Some of the most inspirational speeches … are united by their usage of imagery, from Winston Churchill’s snapshot of a future in which the Allied forces would “fight in the fields and in the streets” to John F. Kennedy’s vision of “landing a man on the moon” to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream in which “the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together.” – Andrew M. Carton People Remember What You Say When You Paint a Picture, Harvard Business Review
  30. 30. Work of Leaders: VISION Paint a picture: Assignment • What images should accompany your vision? Think not only of photos and graphics, but also of image-based words. • What story can you tell to illustrate your vision? • What will your imagined future look, feel, and sound like?
  31. 31. Work of Leaders: VISION “Communicate a clear and consistent story, and offer data points over time that demonstrate progress toward your visions.” – Steve Girsky board member at General Motors Many Stakeholders, One Story, Harvard Business Review Next step: ALIGNMENT
  32. 32. Work of Leaders: VISION Additional materials • Work of Leaders: ALIGNMENT slides • Work of Leaders: EXECUTION slides • Activities for Work of Leaders trainings • Work of Leaders supplemental readings • The book: The Work of Leaders: How Vision, Alignment, and Execution Will Change the Way You Lead • Visit us at www.TalentGear.com.

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