In Lewis Carroll’s timeless book Alice in Wonderland, Alice meets the Cheshire Cat and has a quick discussion which goes like this:
“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where.” said Alice
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” said the Cat.
The short summary and lesson from this famous children’s book dialogue reads as follows:- “If you don’t know where you going, then you will end up where you are headed!”
If we follow this line of argument forward into each of our own lives or the future of our businesses, then it stands to reason that if we want a rewarding fun filled sustainable future, we need to have a clear idea of where we are going and what we are planning to achieve. Right?
How many of us have that? How many businesses know what they will look like and be doing in the medium to long term?
Ok, so we have business plans, which usually represent a detailed optimistic financial extension of our current business model. But they rarely tell us where we should be going; they are more of a continuing story of where we have been.
It’s always much easier to record the history than to put serious mental effort into designing the future. But this also belies the power of human beings and our ability to create a compelling future – something which is unique to us as a species on this planet.
As we think about and try to plan the future as indeed we can all do – witness the effort that goes into planning your next overseas holiday – there is one critical tangible visible step that is missing.
It’s called a Vision.
How do we develop one, how do we capture it and how do we then make it work for us? If you want to be in a successful business in five years time, you need a clear compelling picture of what it would look like.
Do you want to hear how it’s done? Please come and join me as I present to some of Australia’s business and manufacturing leaders at the Australian Operational Excellence National Summit organised by Best Practice Network at Melbourne Airport on December 3rd.
I will show you how and why Vision is so important for all our futures. I will show how to create your Vision in a format that can empower you, your people and provide a beacon for the future of your organisation. I look forward to meeting you in person and sharing what I have learnt and successfully applied.
So now you know why the Cheshire Cat was grinning! But I wonder. Did Alice learn from the wisdom of his teaching?