On Vision

“It is one thing to be a solo performer, a single man or woman out on the wire or ahead of the pack. It is quite another to translate singular excellence to a group, to impact a vision and style so completely that, after awhile, the body begins to act in concert with its leader.” ~GEN Gordan Sullivan, United States Army,(Ret.)

My good friend Scott Shipman the purveyor of To Be or To Do has a great post titled "On Vision" in which he defines vision in a simple yet powerful way we should all strive to understand.

"Vision is what you see for tomorrow, and is an aspiration informed by insight and driven by desire. Your vision is a mental image of something that has not yet occurred or a state not yet achieved."

Back in January I describe the vision I feel every police organization would benefit greatly from, in a post titled A VISION AND THE MISSION FOR: THE FUTURE LAW ENFORCEMENT LEARNING ORGANIZATION. It is a vision I feel we in the law enforcement world are more than capable of and also discusses our law enforcement mission and the values and attributes necessary to see the vision through. Scott's post expalins that your vision must have integrity and I cannot stress strong enough how important, an integrity based vision is. Vision must be one that, is believable and doable and not just buzzwords tossed around with no meaning. We must talk vision to ensure it is known. We must walk our vision to ensure the example is set. And we must refine our vision, to ensure we are shaping and reshaping, adapting when necessary, as things change.

"On the topic of vision, many will be understandably skeptical, as too often organizations use vision as a slogan, often disconnected with reality or the real destination. That said, your vision should have integrity, be realistic, inspiring, and verifiable. Define yours in such a way that the most junior member of your enterprise “gets it,” gets excited, and stays interested. A well-crafted vision will provide an unambiguous place from which to start (or start over), and the good news is you get to pick the road. Further, by articulating a vision, you offer a destination on which to focus and direct the efforts of your organization. Beware and understand one of your vision’s constraints is your current identity—identities don’t change overnight, so factor in patience and persistence in your journey."

A properly articulated vision and precise planning, adapted as needed, leads to decisive victories when translated into actions by all memebers of the organization. To do so your vision is much more than the words written. It must be those words lived and breathed daily, if we are to truely thrive and grow as a learning organization and execute the complex maneuvers necessary to effect our law enforcement mission and win at low cost.

Be sure to check Scott's complete post out here.

Stay Oreinted!
Fred