Do your employees seem to be on a different page than you? It might be because you’ve never communicated your 1, 3 or even 5 year goals with them.
Consider the idea of leaving on a trip. You’ve packed for the trip and your friends have all committed to meet you there. The problem is, you haven’t shared with them the final destination.
I know that sounds preposterous, but thousands of business owners out there do it every day. Here’s a quick test to check if you’re in this situation: Just ask a few employees if they know who’s going to take over when you leave or die. Ask them if they know what the company is going to look like in 5 years. If they can’t answer that, how can they possibly be working to achieve your long term goal if they don’t even know what it is?
The good news is that you can almost always get the train back on the track if you take the time to clearly define and communicate your vision of the future to all involved. You are the captain, the navigator and the helmsman of your ship and it’s your job to chart the course for all on board your ship.
Start by asking yourself a few questions.
1. What do you care about most and what are you working on that is making a profound difference for you and others?
2. What gifts and talents are you currently using and what gifts and talents are not being utilized that you would like to put into operation?
3. What does creating your vision mean for you and where would you like to be in 3 to 5 years? Or even 10 or 20 years?
4. What would you achieve if you were ten times bolder and what do you want more (or less) of?
5. If you had only one year to live, how would you want to live it and what do you want to leave for others?
Developing a strategy to success is easier when you know where you’re going and it’s a whole lot easier when your employees are all working together to get there.