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Painting the Vision for Your Organization

by Andrew Quibell
June 6, 2017

Painting the Vision for Your Organization

by Andrew Quibell
June 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

Often when lean leaders deploy a lean initiative or approach that can positively impact multiple sites in multiple locations, they make the mistake of overlooking the effects on all organizational levels.  You need to paint a vision to engage employees at every level, from executives down to grassroots front-line team members. Why?

So they can see where they fit in, how they are impacted by what you want to do, and how they can contribute to the success of the initiative. Therefore, the vision you paint has to be concise but thorough enough for all to grasp the main components, ideally on one storyboard. And among other qualities, it has to be…

  • Compelling
  • Pragmatic
  • Heartfelt
  • Dynamic
  • Innovative
  • Inspired by the voice of your customer and internal stakeholders

Attached is an example of the type of compelling message I have used in the past to engage people within an organization into taking steps down this path. Try using it as a step-by-step guide to crafting your own vision – and let me know how it works for you! Please also check out the animation that accompanies this sketch.

The views expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views or policies of The Lean Enterprise Institute.
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