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Lack of Vision results in Blindness August 2, 2007

Posted by Darth Sidious in Leadership.
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The difference between a Vision and a Mission is debatable – some say they are the same thing, and they definitely serve a similar purpose. However a Mission Statement is more towards your purpose…why do you exist?

A Vision Statement is more towards how you’ll achieve that purpose. With that said, most believe these are top level corporate things, and indeed they are, but they aren’t limited to that.

Every strategic initiative, project, and application should have one. Those of you who wallow in the land of short sightedness truly lack Vision; people such as these believe that feasibility studies need to be done, and requirement and scope documents to be drafted before a Vision exists.

This is the exact opposite of what you should be doing – it’s some kind of “Vision by default”, and whatever happens, happens. And whatever will happen.

Unless you enjoy the myopic results of mediocrity you must realize that everything starts with a Vision.

A Vision is a guiding light, and helps you focus priorities. Yes, prioritize by ROI, but keep in mind that corporate objectives support the Vision, so projects that do not support the Vision have no value at that point in time.

But a Vision goes far beyond the pragmatism of prioritization; it rallies people to do things that most people feel were impossible.

Look at some of the past predictions of the blind:

“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” – Ken Olson, president, chairman, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

“I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year.” – The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

“But what is it good for?” (commenting on the microchip). – Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968

“The logistics required to make a death star make it impossible to build” – General Yukuzu, 4023 (he was later electrocuted)

Yet, look at Visionary quotes.

And one very famous Visionary quote of the past is by Earth President John F. Kennedy, “…before the decade it out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely…

At the time that was said it was believed to be impossible, but Earthlings did it anyways. A Vision unites people towards a common cause. It keeps people focused. It keeps priorities in line. It ensures that all projects are steps towards one direction.

Without a Vision you are blind. You have no focus. No direction. Everything you do is a result of controlled chaos.

Without direction it’s all random, so if you travel through life with your eyes closed where will you end up?

Open your eyes, and see where you want to go.
Darth Sidious

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