Volume 1 / Issue 14 / September 26, 2016
Putting it all together
So, the job of a vision is to give direction.
If your current vision is not providing direction – you really don’t have one.
The thinking below can be applied everywhere people come together with a desire to achieve a common purpose.
Late this fall, consortia made up of 9-15 non-competing companies will be coming together to see how they did this year in moving their consortium toward the Vision they collectively confirmed for themselves last year.
Winning companies, will also come together to revisit the Vision they had set for themselves previously. From their new data, they will determine how they have fared, and are faring as they revisit the need to reset their strategy to advance their journey toward their future desired state in 2017 or to the end of the decade.
The key in these times is to begin to ‘Think People’. And help them take more ownership of their processes. Every thinking person has feelings, hopes and dreams – and besides many spend more waking time on the job than they do with their families. To be felt valued means that person will feel more positive and more willing to take ownership of his/her processes and responsibilities. There is much more to this when you consider the impact of daily positive attitudes turn negative because they will be brought into homes and family circles. AME has adopted the concept of “People-Centric Leadership” which centres around the concept of treating employees like family members which to many means a culture change is on the horizon. Such companies seeing the need to accelerate change and improvement are investigating approaches such as this – including such considerations in their corporate vision.
So keep expressions of visions:
1 Easy to understand
2 Expressed in words folks use every day
3 Common sense
4 Easy to align with
Never lose site of the wastes you could drive out of your process, department, cell, or organization if everyone had same Vision in mind. The ultimate is the achievement of a Vision that is like a laser-dot on the wall – with all aligned on it. Something to think about…
The vision builders toolbox
Consortia have used Visions for years to bring people from different companies into alignment. Just imagine being in a room with 12 companies – each with a different heartbeat and coming to understand what their consortium’s ‘Future desired state’ must look like to get their investment. Every company is different, and every person is different, so to help you, here are tips from real companies struggling to drive out wastes by ensuring their clarity of Vision makes sense. Some will resonate with your needs. All come from Canadian, US and Australian Mfg. companies of all kinds.
One vision development example
Here is a practical example from one manufacturing consortium of 12 companies that, in the early 1990’s, began much of the Consortia in Ontario and beyond. Some of the tips below are theirs. It is important to note that, in the beginning, each company must feel their contributions are included in determining the value they are going to receive and rightfully so!
They need to feel they will get value from participating in their new consortia that justifies the total cost of participation. Note the length of the wording of the first HPM Consortium’s Vision when it began. Everyone was involved and it shows.
After eight years of learning from each other, from dozens of Kaizen’s, and from the application lean thinking, their perspective has allowed them to win by “leveraging collective learning for their customers’ success.”
This vision would have been rejected quickly if it had been tabled in their first year of operation. However, after eight years of working together this is the vision that evolved and that their board adopted.
It is important to note that there is no one way. There will be lots of discussion and trading of ideas to reach the comfort level necessary for everyone to talk easily and openly about their consortium. If your vision ends up sounding too ‘consultant-like or too academic it will not last long because it will “just not us.”