Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: MT Masterclass - Vision

Magazine article Management Today

Brain Food: MT Masterclass - Vision

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What is it? Even before he was voted out of office in '92, President Bush Snr knew he had a problem with what he called 'the vision thing'.

A vision is what an inspiring leader or organisation has: a view of the world, its place in it and an idea of what it wants to achieve. Business guru Warren Bennis says leaders need a vision that others can believe in and come to adopt themselves. That is how to command attention. In a world of blind organisations, the ones with vision rule.

Where did it come from? People have been having visions since biblical times. The Good Book says: 'Where there is no vision, the people perish.' Ever since, 'lonely leaders' have required a vision with which to inspire their followers. There are dangers in this, of course. Hitler had a vision of a 1,000-year Reich. It brought his country and half the planet to its knees. But Martin Luther King had a vision that still inspires today.

But the fine talk can delay action. …

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