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What is a vision and purpose?
Why build a vision and purpose for your team?
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These are ways to create your vision together.† No one technique works for every situation.† Consider mixing elements from the different methods to suit the situation and culture.
Ask people to pair up and think about how they would like things to be in future. Say to them, for example, "If you felt happy, proud and excited about coming to work in a years time, what would be happening to make you feel that way?"
Ask people to take turns listening to each other as they each talk about this question. Then ask each person to summarise the main points of their vision to the total group. Encourage people to listen and avoid criticism. List the ideas people produce on a chart. This is your vision. Set up a planning process where people work together to achieve the vision.
To define the teamís purpose, the pairs discuss the ways in which the teamís activities impact on the Companyís customers, the Companyís bottom line, and the community (both internal and external).† Then discuss which of these impacts you would like to change and can change. This will help you define your team's purpose. There is more on this in the section "The wider system" later.
You can create a picture of your vision to make it concrete and attractive. When you describe the picture and what it means to you, you use your imaginative and logical side. You often get surprising insights from your own and other people's pictures. The pictures show you how each person wants things to be. Then ask people to explain their pictures to the rest of you as you listen carefully. Finally, use the ideas to create your vision.
Here, you ask people to list words on a flip chart that describe how you would like your factory or department to be. They think about what these words describe. Look for simple words like "Being professional" or "Everything running smoothly". Then talk about what this would mean in all aspects of your work. Finally, you plan how to achieve your vision.
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