Flying Solo’s Robert Gerrish posted a timely piece on his blog about the importance of vision whilst acknowledging the challenge of articulating one. I recently read a piece that talked about how companies have been scrambling to emulate “Apple’s way of doing things” aka the ‘Job’s way’. Whilst I don’t usually place much stock in such articles, one idea did stick. Jobs would appear to have been the antithesis of ‘good management’ practice with his autocratic style however the one standard out feature that defined him was the strength of his vision and unerring ability to articulate it. For more on that, check out Seth Godin’s excellent book ‘Tribes’.
Need help to identify your vision for the coming year? Have a read of Robert’s article.
Taking a small step for a big change.
If you’re contemplating another year in business with even a smidgeon of dread and foreboding, spend five minutes reading this.
29 Jan 13 | Robert Gerrish
Those who’ve devoured our little tome will be well aware of the emphasis we put on the need for a compelling vision. Indeed we dedicate a chapter to the topic and even supply a template to get things moving.
Being realistic though, the majority of you haven’t bought a copy of our book, and you can relax as I’m not about to try and sell you one now.
Instead, I’d like to share with you what must be the world’s easiest vision exercise and one I’ve used with clients time and again.
It’s called a Letter from the future and it works like this.
“ I’d like to share with you what must be the world’s easiest vision exercise and one I’ve used with clients time and again. ”
Sit yourself down, somewhere nice – a place where you feel calm, comfortable and creative. For many this is not the office, but might be another area of the house, at a public library, in a café, park or at the beach.
Turn off your phone, clear your mind and write me a letter. Yes, really.
But here’s the thing: the letter is from the future. One year from now. It’s a letter that describes your view of the ideal world. It’s not where you are now; it’s where you want to be.
In your letter tell me what you’re up to. How your business looks. Where you’re spending your time. I’d like to know about stuff outside work as well – friendships, relationships, your outlook on life and your health.
Name names, be specific, get it all down. Take your time and keep it real. You may even like to have a close friend, partner or family member undertake the same exercise.
When it’s finished, send it to me c/o your own address. When you receive the letter, I give you permission to open it, read it carefully and circle the major advances from your current situation in red pen. These are your goals for the year ahead, the areas of life and work that demand your attention.
Done well, your Letter from the future will reveal an inspiring destination to head towards. From there, you just need to start the journey.