Share Your Vision

My friend Marilyn Moats Kennedy says “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.”  To paraphrase, if you don’t have a vision, you don’t have  a direction that both directs you and inspires.  Whether a company or organization big or small or an individual, a vision for where you want to go is the first step in getting there.

I recently attended the kickoff of Northwestern University’s new strategic plan, We Will.   It is both inspirational and aspirational, everything you’d want a leading university to be moving towards.  And even with that, they limited what it wasn’t, because with so many stakeholders it would have been easy to create a multi-pronged plan that pleases everyone but doesn’t lead anywhere. 

This plan has four main themes: Discover Creative Solutions, Integrate Learning and Experience, Connect Our Community, and Engage with the World.  Provost Dan Linzer states “Achieving the goals this strategic plan lays out will challenge us all. It should. Because we have the strength to achieve them, we will.”

What is your individual and your organizational stategic plan?  Is it engaging, thought provoking, inspiring?  Is it something you would be proud to achieve?  If so, be sure to share it and keep it in front of you. If not, go back to the drawing board to get something that does inspire, excite, and drive you.  And don’t keep it a secret. The more you share it, the greater the likelihood that you will achieve it.  



About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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2 Responses to Share Your Vision

  1. Great thought, Howard! I especially like the last paragraph. Sometimes we forget to share our larger vision, like kids blowing out birthday candles and not telling the wish they made. But our vision can help inspire others, and that comes back to us as well.

  2. Mel Long says:

    Howard….I haven’t very active on Linkedin….as a retiree thought it not important. However, I’m learning and absorbing so much new information and strategies in the business and academic communities….been following Sally Blount’s lectures/writings for the Kellogg School also. All the best and good luck in your new employment….appreciate how you share your vision and objectives…..appreciate the human dynamic you offer. Mel Long NU/EB50

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