Vision and speed in execution

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Heard in a discussion on leadership this morning: “Do you choose to have a clear vision or operate in an unclear fog? In a fog you move slowly and carefully, but with clear vision you can speed up.”

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Have you been in a situation where was no time to create a vision? Or that people believed there was no time, because it would take too long?

When there is a strong bias for action, such as in a crisis, any time to think or plan upfront is seen as taking too long. But the lessons of project management, learned time and again, are that time spent planning is more than saved in execution.

So take the time to create the vision, but avoid the pitfall of treating this as a fuzzy process that results in a fuzzy outcome like “be the world’s leading provider of x services” (fill in any x). Making such a statement IS a waste of time. If you want to get out of the fog and speed up, the vision should set a clear direction of where you want to go.

And to ensure that you’re making speed in making the vision itself, make your vision creation process itself end-product focused, to the point, and have a deadline. Less fog, more speed, more results.

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