Imagine two people rowing hard in different directions, each hoping to propel forward in some meaningful way. The boat would simply spin in circles, with each rower wondering why they were stuck in place.
Does that remind you of your organization? Are you and your team exerting effort without making progress towards your goals? In the rowing example above, the fix is obvious: the two operators just need to communicate. They need to be on the same page about which direction they’re rowing and where they’re planning to go.
What’s clear in this comparison isn’t so clear in practice for many businesses. In too many cases, a company visionary knows where they want to go and what they need to do to get there. That message never reaches their team.
When company leadership doesn’t clearly communicate vision, the result is an organization that is pushing and pulling in all directions at once. If employees in the organization aren’t clear about where the company is going, it’s hard to expect them to help the company get there.
EOS® provides tools that help leadership define and share the company vision. First, EOS provides guidance so that leadership can answer who they are, where they’re going, and how they’ll get there.
Once those questions have answers, it’s time to document and share with the entire company. That way, there’s no confusion about what the company vision is and how each employee can contribute to realizing it.
A shared vision means shared priorities, shared values, and a shared understanding of what it will take to reach the company’s goals. In organizations with many departments operating in silos, this is critical. When a vision is written down, all of these factors are pulled from the minds of leadership and made explicitly clear across the organization.
EOS® uses the Vision/Traction Organizer™ or V/TO™ to help leadership teams define, document, and share the company vision. Ready to learn more about how EOS® can get your company’s vision on track? Schedule your 90 minute meeting today.