Does Your Team Need a Vision if the Organization Already Has One?
Yes! Every team needs a vision that directly contributes to the overall organization's goals. This ensures every team member has a clear picture of how the team fits into and benefits the larger organization. Most importantly, a team's vision provides long-term information on the end-state the team is striving for each day. It also puts the bottom line up front and in view of everyone - a great PR tool that promotes a team's purpose and value. In addition, a vision can serve as an informal standard for assessing individual performance.
To build a vision statement that is clearly articulated, succinct and meaningful, try these 5 steps to jump start the process:
- Provide each team member with a copy of the overall organization's vision statement.
- Gather your team and brainstorm words or phrases that describe the future outcome you envision for your team or department.
- Write all responses on a whiteboard or flip chart.
- Ask each team member to vote for their top two words or phrases.
- Use the words that receive the highest votes to craft a vision statement that results in the commitment of every team member.