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WHEN VISIONS ARE CLEAR

August 31, 2010 by  
Filed under Industry News

So, your company has a concise Vision and Mission Statement, “killer” strategic plans, top-notch management staff, and culturally-fit employees. With all of that in place, your company is still missing the mark on successful results?

Vision is one thing, action is another. Vision seen only by leaders is insufficient. Vision must be inspired, shared and valued by all to create an organized movement or significant change that directly improves organizational performance.

Employees should know the short-term and long-term goals and objectives of their jobs, their department’s role, and how work flows from one area to another to achieve those objectives. They need to understand all facets of the organization (the “big picture”), how all functions of the business work together, and how their decisions and actions can have a ripple effect on the entire process in achieving desired results.

Research shows that increases in employee engagement lead directly to improvements in organizational performance. An engaged employee is satisfied with their job and organization. They believe their talents are needed and appreciated, so they feel a sense of personal accomplishment from their work, being part of the team, and having a shared vision.

Leaders must clearly define and communicate the goals to enable others to understand how their responsibilities fit in with the organization’s strategic goals, encouraging them to see and own the “big picture” results the organization is trying to produce together. If employees don’t have that understanding, they will draw their own conclusions. It would be like trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle without ever seeing the finished product.

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