Living Vision and Goals
What is Organizational Resilience?
A resilient system can compensate for or endure irritation while maintaining its own integrity. So, anyone who wants to build up the resilience competence of an organization cannot avoid dealing intensively with 9 central factors of organizational resilience. Only an intensive process of reflection opens the way to more resilience. If you want to increase the resilience of your organization, it makes sense to reflect on all resilience factors step by step to subsequently initiate changes.
Today we want to take you to a journey where you will find out everything you need to know about Factor 1: Living Vision and Goals
Let's start with the basics: Why is it necessary to have a Vision?
During the pandemic at persolog we had the problem we couldn’t do seminars in person anymore. So, we had to find solutions. Among others, we recorded Webinars, we did Live-Online Certifications via Zoom and we started offering VR Trainings. This was driven from the past out of a problem because we had a problem. It’s a good way to go, but it’s a different way as VISION GUIDED. And this is the second way to go. So, if you want to change a company or your organization to lead towards the future, it is necessary to have a strong and attractive vision.
So, what exactly is a vision? It’s the way where we want to go. Visions are inner images of a pending but realizable reality, created on behalf of the future. It’s a basis. It’s THE basis.
What is a goal? A vision of the future that is important to us personally and guides our thoughts and actions.
Why is a goal so important? It’s the same reason why a vision is so important. Because it leads us into the future. If I know where I am going, it's easier to get there. Imagine: You arrive at a train station and jump into a taxi, and you tell the driver: just take me somewhere. Because you have no idea where to go. You will never arrive. BUT if you know where you want to go and tell the driver, it will make a huge difference. It might be a long ride. You probably won’t go directly, BUT you will arrive at one point of time.
After clearing the basis, now we can dive deeper in our Factor 1!
Resilience factor 1: Living Vision and Goals
Living Vision and Goals means that a shared vision and shared goals shape thought and action of a resilient organization. The corporate vision and goals are communicated clearly and across all hierarchical levels. They are reflected upon regularly and adapted as needed. Their implementation is encouraged by new and innovative ideas, thus ensuring not only strategic direction, but also clarity in all decisions.
There are three main topics in this factor:
- A shared vision and shared goals shape thought and action of a resilient organization. It’s not only about having a vision on paper nobody is interested in. It’s about having a vision everybody knows about and is interested in.
- Both, vision and goals, are communicated across all hierarchical levels. It’s not only a thing of the CEO or the management board, but it’s something important for everyone in the company.
- Strategy, measures and decisions are adapted to the vision and goals. It must have an impact of your daily life. On everyone’s daily life, from top to bottom.
How can I improve living Vision and Goals?
TALK TALK TALK!!! With the whole team, or at least with the management team.
WHERE DO WE WANT TO GO (Where is the vision)?
HOW DO WE WANT TO GET THERE (business values)?
Two ideas for Methods for enhancing organizational resilience
These 2 Ideas can help you to start your way to a resilient organization!
#1 Vision Board
The vision board is a classic tool with which an organization can visualize diverse images of the future - both on an individual and collective level. A vision board that encompasses the entire organization is created when all participants combine their own understanding of the organizational vision into a collage with the help of pictures, illustrations and texts and thus draw an overarching picture of the organizational present and future. Try it out. You will be surprised about the ideas of your team members.
#2 Think big!
Of course, delusions of grandeur are not a desirable state in everyday professional and private life. In the training context, however, it can sometimes be very valuable – namely when it comes to creating an almost giant, monstrous vision, which in turn serves as inspiration for the design of a realistic vision. That is what this method is all about.
If you want to learn more, also about the other 8 factors, please feel free to join our Resilience Organization Certification!