No vision, no future
No vision, no future. With yet another large company going down amid accusations of corruption, mismanagement and incompetence, we will, yet again, ask why. And yes, again, the same answers will be provided, and yes, again they will be meet with universal agreement, and yes, the day after tomorrow business as usual will be resumed.
What is the ‘business as usual’ that will be resumed? Oh, just the same old, same old:
Businesses being “run” by people whose only talent is playing the political game.
Organisations being “led” by those who have no idea about the most important parts of leadership.
Cultures being “managed” by those who have not the first notion of what culture is.
It’s not that we don’t have the above knowledge, we do. What we lack is any structure to compel those in positions of “leadership” to learn and apply the knowledge.
Did the company concerned have an inspirational vision? You already know the answer to that question! What did they have? Any vision? You already know that one, too.
Here is what they had. Now compare that to the reality.
“In order to continue building a business that delivers sustainable, profitable growth, our strategy focuses on:
- Winning high-quality contracts in our chosen markets
- Delivering contracts safely, sustainably and to best-in-class standards
- Developing and attracting excellent people and capabilities”
Their highest claimed aspiration was a world away from the reality of their behaviour. As we said at the outset, no vision, no future. Even their claimed behaviour was not as has been reported.
Who appoints someone with no vision, no future?
Who in their right mind puts someone in charge of a company when they have no vision for the future? Who? Thousands of institutional shareholders every day of the week. And then, when it all goes wrong, as it must, they are surprised to learn that everyone and their dog, knew, apart from them; everyone, they discover, was aware of the blindingly obvious observation: no vision, no future, as if it was some startling new discovery
Of course, in the best companies, the idea of having to compel leaders to lead by crafting an inspirational vision is a ridiculous notion; only the most effective leaders rise to the top. And they become the best because they have sought out, learned about cutting-edge vision formation techniques, and have taken time to master those techniques.
For instance, in top companies, ask any leader what a powerful vision must consist of and you’ll get a pretty good account. In the rest of the corporate population you will be fobbed off with a non-answer (a political side step) to the question.
If you are keen to be an effective leader, this will help. Prof Nigel MacLennan’s ground-breaking work, The Perfect Vision, which for the first time lays out the factors of successful visions, is now available in audio book format.
Will you be one of the next batch of no vision, no future failed “leaders”, or, one of the few leaders who knows how to create a compelling vision, one of the few leaders who really understands leadership?
As is the case with all Psyperform works, the cutting edge is only made available to clients. Why? It is ethical to ensure that ONLY our clients get access to the tools that give them a huge competitive advantage.
If you want access to such techniques contact Psyperform to explore how.
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