What direction is your organization going? In this episode, David and Justin tackle the topic of direction, vision, and purpose and why it’s so important in an interconnected world. Here are the notes from the show:
- All of us have been inspired by great leaders – consider Dr. Martin Luther King or Bill Hybels at Willow Creek community church
- Vision is all about “shaping the future”. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Drucker
- The nature of competition is changing rapidly because of the interconnected reality of our world. Competition has become about connected ecosystems competing against other ecosystems; not merely one firm against another firm.
- Daniel Pink’s book “A whole new mind – why right brainers will rule the future” sets out a powerful set of capabilities that come from the right side of our brains. Key capabilites include Empathy, Story, and Symphony
- Other good books on the topic include “The future of the professions” as well as “Metaskills”
- There is something powerful about stories in shaping organizational vision. Consider the research done on “The hero’s journey” in mythology and human anthropology.
- In Hebrews 11, Paul lists out the Hall of Fame of people who lived by faith in the vision and promise gave them, and not by sight or the facts in front of them alone. He put it this way: Now faith is confidence in what he hope for and assurance about what we do not see…all these people were still living by faith when they died.
- They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, and they were foreigners and strangers on earth. When you study all the different ways that God gave direction to the people in Hebrews 11, you realized that vision of a preferred future, ordained by God was at the center of how they operated. And as Proverbs puts it so well, “without vision, the people perish”.