Casting Vision & Gaining Buy In


October 6, 2011

Vision is a picture of where you want to end up--maybe even including a few details about how you're going to start on the journey.  It's dangerous--and tempting--to think more about how you'll get started than where you want to end up.  BUT, if you do that, you're not focused on vision anymore.   You're focused on planning.  Try out some coaching questions like this to develop vision:

  • Where do you want to end up, if all obstacles were removed?
  • How will your reality be different when you get there?
  • What are the most important details that you know will be different?
  • Who will be there with you?
  • How long a trip do you think it is?

The last one is an important one.  Vision that won't take time and effort to live into probably won't require any faith.  You're looking for the balance between "long" and "long enough" when assessing how far away your vision is from where you are.

Gaining buy in is another matter entirely.  If your vision is compelling enough, buy in is easy--no matter how far away.

On the other hand, if you don't cast a compelling vision the distance will win every time.  Tomorrow:  strategies for coaching buy in.

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