Planning Perspective



Your best trip?  Favorite gift?  Best restaurant?  Favorite book of all time?  Each of these represent a powerful memory.  I want to hear about them, I really do.  BUT, if all you do is tell me about where you have been I am just a passenger on the story train.  HOWEVER, if you tell me where you are about to go I can be an active participant.  I be part of the experience.  It is remarkable that you climbed the Matterhorn but now that you are planning a trip to Mount Blanc you have inspired me to take action.  Fabulous that you had a tour of the extraordinary bar and wine cellar at 21 in New York City and now you are taking wine tasting classes.  I can join that effort.  You read Malcome Gladwell’s, Outliers and it changed your approach to work, great!  Now you are loaning me your copy, we about to have a shared experience.

What if you spent 20% of our time talking about where you have been and the other 80% sharing a vision for where you are headed.  Nobody gets on a train that has reached its final destination.  We embark because the itinerary is compelling, the journey lays ahead.  Even if we do not get on at the starting point there are still many miles to go.  Play train conductor and announce the upcoming stops.  Inspire your fans with stories of where you are headed.  My bags are packed, where are we going?


The Theme for Today is…

What if you simplified your focus.  One theme for the day, week or even year.  Explore, ignite, engage, empower, learn, love, separate, evolve, energize, demand, relax, or decide.

What theme did you select?  Humor yourself for a second and make a decision.  Capture it and place it front and center.  Can you affix a few key phrases or images to your theme?  Once you decide and move away from all other options you are committed.

So much of our time can be spent planning that it is easy to fore-go making any real decisions. Take action.  Answering one big question for your enterprise often yields far greater results than the most detailed strategic plan that preserves the status quo.

The View from Above

How do you ensure that you have a real perspective on the social sector’s horizon?  How do you get enough altitude to survey the landscape?  Consider the following scenario.

Imagine you are watching the following sporting event on television.  What does the following image reveal?

Perhaps it provides some detail but your ability to understand the game is limited, so we expand the optics. 
But even this is confined so we go to the next perspective.
Perhaps now you have enough information to consider a variety of viewpoints and develop a plan.  Who in your organization will make sure you take time to consider the aerial view before diving in for the close-up?