Your vision on how your company works might be different from your partners’ opinions. The same rule applies to your colleagues and even workers. Furthermore, you obviously need some measurements for success, but the problem is that they are not always compatible with your vision. When people choose their own reference points and use different maps to measure the success, your company will most likely waste a lot of valuable resources. However, if you have a common vision, you can use it to coordinate resources and direct them toward the most important activities for a good final result.
First steps in identifying everyone’s vision
Give yourself all the time and space you require in order to develop a proper vision about your company. You need all your partners and employees in order to redirect the attention from everyday tasks to future and long term objectives. In other words, gather your team together and use someone from the outside as a mediator if you feel like.
Regrouping is a must
If you and your partners share the same vision and have managed to agree on something in particular, make sure that you stick to this plan. You have managed to regroup, so do not move on from your ideas. Things that are not included in the plan should be ignored or at least until you discuss them with your partners.
You are very likely to run into a lot of occasions that have not really been included in the original planning. It is perfectly normal because unexpected situations arise when least expected. In such situations, you might have to regroup. Gather your partners together and discuss the plan again.
If you fail to work and lead the company in the same direction, the costs will sky rocket. It is just like everyone would follow their own goals instead. Think about your company as if it was a machine. When there is too much friction around, you waste energy by releasing heat. When applied inside a company, these frictions generate costs.
Dealing with crossroads
I have witnessed a very interesting process during the past few years. Practically, a service provider has blossomed once it became public. It was acquired by its previous managers who worked together for many years. Unfortunately, they had different visions. With time, the company has raised a lot of question marks, not to mention about the tensioned environment.
The respective managers felt inhibited when it came to approaching a topic directly. As a direct consequence, the company has careened for a while because most decisions targeted small parts and not the whole unit. In the end, managers split and continued their successful careers in divergent directions.
Consistent messages and measurements
Once you identify this vision, you can decide on the goals that must be touched in order to mark your progress. A few measurements can provide exquisite details in the long run. Such measurements must be arranged in a metrical and individual manner for all the members of your company, only to be able to contribute to the general plan.
The measurements vary from one industry to another. After all, different people have different ways to measure their success.
Sharing the same vision with your partners
What are the best ways to ensure a quality plan that everyone will respect?
- Make sure that your entire team shares the same vision over the direction of your company.
- Come up with a pyramid of chained measurements that reflect the others’ contribution in order to meet the company goals. Use these measurements as an integrating part of the overall individual evaluation.
- Come up with budgets that are compatible with the required resources for each phase of your plan.