Vision Without Systems Leads to Chaos

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We’ve probably all been in that situation at one time or another.  We have a clear vision of where we’re headed in a particular situation whether it’s the direction we want to take our business or a vision for a new product or service.  In that flash of inspiration the outcome is so clear to us that it seems impossible not to accomplish.

Fast forward 60 days and how often is it the case that the initial vision and clarity around outcomes is looking blurry and feeling chaotic?  According to Peter Senge, “Vision without ‘systems thinking’ ends up painting lovely pictures of the future with no deep understanding of the forces that must be mastered to move from here to there.” 

The key to fulfilling any vision is being able to distill it into an actionable and measurable plan.  The challenge of course is that creating the vision is often the easy part—it’s creative, fun and intellectually stimulating.  Taking the next step though is where the rubber hits the road.  It’s what separates good ideas from viable and sustainable successes.