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Ten Quick Lessons to Begin the New Year Strong!

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Last night I met with a group of business and church leaders to discuss ideas for creating future vision and strategy. Here are the top ten points and lessons that came out of our meeting. Perhaps you can apply them to your own organization:

1. You don’t change behaviors in an organization by changing the vision. You change behaviors in an organization by changing its culture.  Culture dictates behavior and behaviors determine results.

2. In an already strong culture vision will accelerate, focus, and enhance behaviors.

3. Vision without strategy is hallucination. Visions are relatively easy compared to creating the plan, and consistent tactical implementation is even tougher.

4. Vision is where you’re going; the strategy is what you’ll do to get there; the tactics define how you’ll do what you’ll do.

5. The primary reason most organizations fall short of their potential is not because they fail to change. Rather, it is their chronic inconsistency and inability to follow through on change initiatives.

6. The leader is the primary architect and chief influencer of the culture. There is no faster way to change a culture than by changing its leader.

7. The five primary components of culture are: mission, core values, core competencies, performance standards, and people. People are truly the key. Without the right people, the other components are severely marginalized.

8. One of a leader’s biggest mistakes is to continue to work around the wrong person, rather than to replace that person. This derelict practice breaks momentum, lowers morale, drains resources, and cheapens his own credibility. There is perhaps no greater distraction within an organization than incompetence.

9. Legitimate optimism is built on a foundation of preparation. You must earn the right to be optimistic by strengthening your culture so that it aligns with your vision. Without first committing to this discipline, you are no more than a wishful thinker.

10. While an organization’s vision is the privilege and responsibility of its top leader(s), you must involve and engage others as you create the strategy. This is because people support what they help create, but they must first weigh in before they buy in.