Walt Disney had a vision of a place where children and parents could have fun together. First glimpsed on his television show, Disney’s vivid imagination and ability to share his dreams with others would bring the magical park to life. As he understood, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”
For many of us, we’re so ready to get to work that we often forget the important step of clarifying our vision and purpose. We roll up our sleeves and jump right in. And perhaps that’s okay.
If there’s enough low-hanging fruit, leaders can likely escape this essential for a time. But eventually the symptoms will emerge – conflicting priorities and special projects, discontent or burned out team members, stalled progress.
If our teams reach that stage (or ideally, before), it’s time to regroup. It’s time to rethink our purpose and vision.