Vision - The Series
I participated in a class yesterday sponsored by the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center (MI-bsTdc). The class was titled First Step to Great Leadership - Creating a Compelling Vision, facilitated by David W. Salley of Development For Growth.
I have always been a dreamer and have big plans for my business, but it wasn't until I took this class that I have started to get very clear as to where I want Adonai Business Solutions to develop into. So over the next few weeks, I am going to be doing a series on the importance of, and how to create, a vision for your business.
Why Have a Vision
"The very essence of leadership is you have to have a vision. It's got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet." - Father Theodore Hesburgh, Former President of Notre Dame University
To understand the importance of having a vision for your business, we first must define what a vision is. A vision is where you want your business to be in 5-7 years.
Close your eyes, relax, clear your mind. Now look into the future. Where are you at, what are you doing, what does your business look like? For me, I see Adonai Business Solutions at a point where I am able to work solely ON my business instead of IN it. I have a team in place that does the task management side of things while I do the entrepreneurial side. And this is just a small portion of by vision.
Now that we have established what a vision is, what is the importance of having one?
"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" she asked... "That depends a good deal on where you want to go," was the reply. "I don't much care where..." she said. "Then it doesn't matter which way you go." - Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
A vision is literally the destination you have in mind for your business. Without that, how will you know which way to go? Once you are clear as to what your vision is, it is much easier to create, grow and maintain your business to reach that end result.
Next week's blog topic: How to Create Your Vision Statement
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