The most striking difference between vision-driven planning and more traditional approaches is that vision-driven planning starts with a very high-level view of the future, rather than risking becoming attracted to — and stuck in — today's problems. The vision-driven planning approach initially encourages broad, imaginative thinking, and discourages tunnel vision and entrapment in details. Because the traditional approach most often burdens the planner with voluminous details regarding the historical perspective, current situation and problems, it is virtually impossible to focus on a plan for the future.
A vision-driven planning approach is designed to create a shared organizational future of choice. The collaborative development of a 3- to 5-year vision-driven plan aligns subordinate departments through a shared mission, vision, goals and objectives with linked performance, metrics, structures, actions, customer processes and overall team and individual accountability.
There are three key characteristics of high-peformance organizations and teams. They:
So what steps are needed to reverse deploy a plan for today that, if implemented, will create an organizational future of choice vs. happenstance? It is a seven step process with the first six steps intended to provide an increasingly detailed set of activities which, when rolled from the bottom up will create the future.
This seven-step process is duplicated in subordinate departments/divisions to create their vision-driven strategic plans to align with the organization's overarching plan.
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