#003: The Relationship Between Vision and Productivity [Podcast]

In this podcast episode I talk about the relationship between vision and productivity. I share the story of becoming a divisional leader at Thomas Nelson. Better productivity would not have improved our operating results. We needed a better vision.

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Episode Outline

I discuss how any leader can develop vision by following these seven steps:

  1. Get alone with a journal and a pen.
  2. Make sure you won’t be interrupted.
  3. Close your eyes and pray.
  4. Jot down your current reality.
  5. Now write down what you want to see happen.
  6. Share your vision with those who have a stake in the outcome.
  7. Commit to reading your vision daily.

Listener Questions

I also answer four questions from my listeners.

  • “How do you go about rebuilding vision when you lose it?”
  • “What are some helpful ways to communicate your vision through blogs and social media?”
  • “What do you do with your vision if your values change?”
  • “How important is vision when providing correction to employees or even volunteers?”

Episode Resources

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  • Marcella Wiinamaki

    WOW that was so me all strategy no vision. Thanks for the insight you had with this topic! Examination, explanation, & even life application–Really spoke to me!

    Greeting from Croatia–

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  • Dan Morrow

    I know I am late to the party, but hopefully someone will be able to help me. With about 10:00 left Michael mentioned a study that talked about how widely broadcasting a vision can give some people a sense of accomplishment that can actually lead to stagnancy. This is especially relevant to something I am writing and I was hoping Michael or someone might be able to direct me to this study (or others like it).

    Thank you. The question you left us with was very helpful and encouraging for me.