In this sub-unit we deal with drafting our personal vision statement. We collect information first and then finalize our vision statement by actually drafting it in words and layout.
The second step of Unit 2 is to
Formulate and develop personal vision.
This is now the place to practice your personal version of what I use to call your personal vision. It can be exciting to formulate a personal vision together with your colleagues, so that the personal vision becomes a collective vision, a group vision, or the vision of a creatively interacting team. Out of this vision company or corporate visions are born, which are the guidelines for the successful running of even the largest companies and organizations. This is valid for private business and governmental organizations alike.
The secret of success always is to let participate everyone in the formulation of the company’s or the organization’s future. Solutions that have been worked out synergistically are carried on the shoulders of everyone who comes to work in the morning. This means that everyone will feel greatly involved and really contribute to the common good of the whole organism, and not only think of his personal profit.
Now we will work here exclusively on your personal vision, because this practice is the foundation of any work on vision in the group. Because when you do not know what your personal vision is, it will be hard for you to really integrate in an organism without feeling dissolved in it. In every process of integration into a collective body such as a group or organization there is a functional dialectic to observe. There are forces in group dynamics that drive us out of our center, or de-personalize us. Integration in a group is something like creative adaptation. This is not total adaptation where the personal characteristics disappear. If this happens, the group or organization would be qualified as totalitarian.
In a democratic organization the individual is given a creative space in which to operate. More this space is used by the members of the organization, more the organization will benefit and become successful, be it financially, be it in terms of power and societal influence and standing.
Now it may become clear that individuals who have a firm inner value system, a strong character and yet flexibility and friendliness towards others and, first of all, integrity and loyalty towards the common good, will advance very quickly to the top of the organization. Why? Simply because the top exactly needs persons with such qualities. Because to lead groups of people it’s these qualities that are required. They are the true leadership characteristics, much more important than outside skills such as time management or keeping a daily or weekly agenda.
Please go on now and start with identifying your personal values.