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Go for it strategies they do work

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Yesterday we talked about having a vision with a deadline. Today we will go one step further and talk about pursuing your strategy with an all in type of feel.

You have crafted your compelling vision matched with proper goals, then that energy must be translated somewhere. That’s where “Go for it strategies” come into play.

I have had the privilege of being part of a few churches and involved in helping the strategies developed come to pass. In having this privilege I have also had the privilege of seeing how some pursue their vision with the normal amount of effort and some others truly pursue their vision with a “Go for it” attitude..

There is where the BIG difference is felt, the degree of abandonment to see the vision accomplished. Are you willing to make “Go For It” strategies or do you want to simply tinker around the edges.

In SFLCKids, we have a vision of being world changers and we are starting here in Kansas City, MO.
We know how we will impact not just kids, but their families and their grandparents. We know how we will invest in leaders regardless of their age. But if we wouldn’t have that “Go For It” aggressiveness and invest money, manpower, and energy to pull the trigger then we could end up like one of the countless ministries that just tinker around the edges.

Make sure you have the right people in charge of developing the strategies to meet the vision. As you select these people, you need to choose those who are creative and can come up with ideas that get results. You need to make sure they understand this must be an interactive exercise throughout the organization. They need to push hard for innovation and creativity, but at the same time be tough on feasibility, cost, and timing.

How could someone on the outside see that you have Go For It Strategies?

What do Go For It Strategies look like for you?

Advancing with Vision and Strategy part 1

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I cannot tell you how many meetings on Vision and Strategy I have been in and the result amounted to nothing. Too often the steps to connect vision are not discussed or understood by anyone. The items discussed in the meeting never take part in becoming part of the people culture. I want to break this down into 3 basic but clear steps over the next couple blog post.

Step One: Compelling vision with a deadline.
A vision must be connected to goals. The vision is a desired future, while a goal is a time based and measurable view of that vision.

A great example of this is the often used John F. Kennedy having a vision of the United States moving ahead of the Russians in the race to the moon. It was a vision that would result in technical and intellectual superiority but also prove that capitalism and democracy beats communism!

It was a vision with a deadline. Kennedy wanted to send a man to the moon and bring him safely back home by the end of the 1960s. The vision was compelling. It was something never done before, but beyond the vision, there was a deadline that served to create a sense of urgency. A dream alone is inspiring. A deadline alone can make you sweat. But, together, they can work magic.

So, in your vision, can you create goals that bring energy to the inspiration? How can you create deadlines that give urgency to the cause that creates motivation for your current volunteers and potential new volunteers?

Common mistakes in vision casting

It is that time of year when you are finalizing everything, closing your budgets, checking in on the completion of all goals, having your volunteer appreciation parties and more.

There is one more thing that is also on the mind of many as well, casting vision for the coming year. As I am working with several children’s pastors helping them prepare for this extremely important responsibility I am seeing a few mistakes that are popping up.

Here they are:

Emotionless Presentation
Nothing worse than casting vision in a monotone voice. You may not have the most charismatic personality but must still find a way to enthusiastically express your vision through your personality. You have to cast vision with passion or others wont be convinced that you’re convinced.

Some brief ideas to help you to carry out this:
* Be confident in what you have resolved as your goals, mission, and vision.
* Don’t try to present it like someone else. Be yourself and use whatever God has given you.
* Do some pre-sharing. Let it leak out in small groups of people. Hearing yourself say it again and again will build that excitement inside of you. After these pre-sharing times then take it to the masses.

Too Much Information
While it’s important for you to know the details of the vision don’t feel like you have to share ALL the details with everyone, all the time. When you share too much information you can actually dampen enthusiasm rather than inspire.

Rule of thumb: The bigger the audience the fewer the details you need to share. You can let them know there is a strategic plan, just don’t feel like you have to share the step by step details with the large crowd. This is better done in the pre-sharing groups mentioned in my point above.

Super Star
It can be tempting for a leader to take full credit for the vision. But when we shine the light on ourselves we take the light off of the vision.

Rule of Thumb: When casting vision use the word “we” more than “I”. Show the listener(s) how they fit into the vision. Actually the words “I” or “me” or “mine” should really be words stricken from leaders vocabulary for the most part unless it is time to take credit for a mistake.

Joseph timing
You may have a great vision but if you cast it at the wrong time you may do more damage than good. For example if you’re new in the role remember this principle: People buy into the visionary before they buy into the vision. Take the time to do the relational groundwork, build your credibility, prove authenticity, give people time to know you as well as know your vision. Take time to get key influencers behind and bought into the vision before casting it from a big platform.

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