Early in my career, I experienced a number of incredibly difficult challenges in a relatively short period of time. I know you’ve been there too.
Although my team was experiencing record-setting achievements, relationships were strained and my influence was dwindling. I couldn’t make sense of it. And I didn’t understand why my colleagues resented my passion for my work, my aggressive goals, and the long hours I put in.
I loved my work. I loved the outcomes. I loved my team. I loved how they were growing. But it never occurred to me that my passion, energy, and achievements would intimidate those around me. After all, I was laser-focused on improving the organization we were all part of.
Their fear morphed into resentment. I began pushing harder, defending the vision and strategy, and reacting to challenges. As you might imagine, none of this improved the situation. In fact, it made matters worse.
It should have been obvious
Finally, two administrators shared with me what should have been obvious – “Michael, your team doesn’t trust you. Some don’t even like you.”
This feedback was extremely painful for me to accept and even more difficult for me to understand and process. I was in denial. I simply could not bring myself to see from their perspective. Yet I was convinced that the work environment was not sustainable – for me or for my team.
This decision was a life-changer for me. In fact, Sarah (my wife) and I recently spent an evening with several of our friends – they sat in the restaurant and joked about how differently I now approach my life and work.
What vision can do for you
Most organizations have a vision statement somewhere in a file or on a conference room wall. Yet, unfortunately, these vision statements seldom serve as an energizing guide toward exponential growth and remarkable success for the organization.
A vision is energizing. It’s enlivening. Vision is the guiding motivation for all great human efforts. I get that. My problem was not vision – I didn’t understand how to get focused and stay focused on the vision. I was not communicating vision effectively.
To address these challenges, I developed a Business Vision tool to help me think through and write out my vision. My experience creating a life plan and a business vision, regularly reviewing them, and updating them, has been transformational. These documents have kept me on track as my family, friends, career, and other interests have grown. My life and work are fast moving. And when work gets hectic, my business vision and plans get me back on the path to my envisioned destination.
So I wrote a book
Realizing the importance and potential of the business vision tool for leaders in diverse markets, I have compiled my experiences and the process into a simple, step-by-step book.
In reality, Creating Your Business Vision is less a book and more a career planning experience. I intentionally made it short so you could read it in one sitting. For a limited time, you can get a free copy of Creating Your Business Vision by joining my newsletter list.
In the book, I will take you through:
- The story of a struggling leader and how to find clarity on what matters most in your work.
- The basics of vision and how to create a career, position, team, or organizational vision.
- A four-step process for identifying where you are NOW, and how to get from there to where you want to be.
- A step-by-step process for leading your team through vision development
- Planning templates, Word documents and PDF documents, that will make it easier for you to create your plan and keep it up-to-date.
You can do it too
I now have greater clarity and purpose than ever before in my work. And I’m able to create very specific plans to move toward the enormous goals of my vision – daily, weekly, quarterly.
Creating my business vision has been one of the best business decisions I’ve ever made. It will be for you too!
More Buying Options
You can also buy the book in your favorite format from your favorite retailer.
What you think, matters to me. It helps me to continue to improve content and resources for you and many others like you. So I’d love to hear your thoughts about the book – what you liked, what didn’t make sense, what impacted you, etc.
If you’ll give me your feedback using one of the options below, I will send you a free copy of the popular Creating Your Business Vision Template – an exclusive companion resource for this book.
To share your feedback with me…
- Leave a review on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you don’t do anything else, do this! There are a lot of books out there. And the ones that spread do so because people keep talking about them. When you tell a friend about Creating Your Business Vision or leave a review, it does more than you will ever know.
- Comment on this post.
Then, email me and I will send you the Creating Your Business Vision Template.
Thank you so much for your continued support of my new book! It means the world to me.
Now, let me know how I can serve you – Seriously! I am looking forward to hearing about your success!