Putting Vision into Action

Nov 29, 2011

As “The Paradigm Man,” Joel Barker says, “Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” You can apply this mantra to pretty much anything, but let’s focus on Barker’s primary intent, your business.

“Vision without action is a dream.” In applying this to your business, ask yourself, “Why did I decide to go into business?” Odds are you had a true passion for something and decided to live that passion. You should be passionate about what you do, and that is a great reason to start a business, but then what? In order to be successful, you must have an action plan and defined purpose. Of course the purpose is to enjoy what you do and hopefully make some money, but how are you going to get there? Who are you going to take with you, and do they share the same vision as you?

“Action without vision is simply passing the time.” Owning or managing a business keeps you busy. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day and never take a step back to look at the big picture. Do not confuse activity with progress. It is like taking a drive without a map. It might be adventurous at times, but even if you have a destination in mind, how do you know when you are getting close? How long do you want to drive in circles?

“Action with Vision is making a positive difference.” Simply put, once you layout a road map to help you with your dream, it makes it much easier to get where you want to be. Strategic Planning is an effective way to make this happen. Even if you already have realistic goals and a plan in place, there are so many opportunities you could be missing in order for your organization to really meet its full potential in every area. Companies all over the world, such as Microsoft and Amazon, perform Strategic Planning on a regular basis because external factors that affect your business are constantly changing. You must modify your goals in order to capitalize on the opportunities in front of you.

Strategic Planning provides an opportunity to bring everyone in your organization together and gain valuable insight from those that help make your company run. A facilitator helps to keep the conversation open, yet focused, and allows your organization to develop tactical goals that parallel each person’s individual goals at all levels. This allows for a clearer focus and stronger level of commitment throughout the company, as well as an increase in efficiency and effectiveness. It also helps develop a bridge between staff and executive team members, which may resolve any underlying issues that you may already be experiencing. One of the biggest advantages of Strategic Planning is that it identifies initiatives to help you move forward and assigns ownership to each task along the way to create a system of accountability. Without accountability you are back to where you started, a dream and a destination, but no way to get there.

Article provided by Kyle Hawk, CPA, CMAP at Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd, LLC. Learn more on this topic at http://www.sjhl.com/VisionintoAction or call him at (620) 241-1826.