So…just to catch you up to speed (in case you missed something)…for the last eight weeks I took two grad school classes at once–one in class on Monday nights and one as a directed study. Both classes were good and I enjoyed them.
For my directed study class, I wrote a final research paper on the topic of developing a compelling vision in the midst of organizational change. I came up with a little acronym based on a familiar verse from Proverbs. I thought I’d share parts of my paper here. I’ll split it up in sections because it’s pretty long.
I’m not silly enough to believe that this will interest all of you, but maybe someone will get something out of it. 🙂
Quoted directly from my paper:
A compelling vision is central to all change efforts. Even the most basic vision statement serves three purposes. It helps to clarify the general direction for change, motivates individuals to action and coordinates the efforts of a group of people. A unifying vision is so critical that Solomon even mentioned it in Proverbs: “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29: 18, King James Version).
Based on this verse, I developed an acronym using the words “vision” and “perish” that describe the benefits of developing a compelling vision and the pitfalls of disregarding this critical step in a change effort. A useful statement of vision will: add value; provide inspirational motivation; define the best strategy; give leaders the ability to make intentional decisions; unify the team in oneness; focus an organization on a particular niche. Without the focus that vision brings, teams are: plagued by perplexity; inclined to make swift exits from the organization; experience increased resistance; guided by leaders driven by indecision; follow ideas and programs that are scattered; disband because of havoc. I will outline, in more depth, the benefits and pitfalls associated with vision.