Vision Management by Ikechukwu Anyanwu

Vision Management

"The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by and this you will become” Anonymous

Yesterday, I trained some of my team on Arise Africa I spoke to them as part of my goal in life to develop and raise effective leaders in various fields of life without cost. Here are some of the excerpts   

Why are we here today? It's all about People.... Leadership... Vision Management.      
Quality people differentiate good companies from mediocre ones. Intellectual capital and emotional capital (the discretional effort of motivated staff) are now the key measures today.

Let me begin with some quotable quotes.
I am not a genius. I am only passionately curious” Albert Estienne

What are you curious about? What is that thing that gives you joy and satisfaction the most. Build your life around that. Your success lies in that. That is why you must enjoy your work and not endure your work.

“The illiterate of the future is not the person who cannot read but the person who does not want to learn”

It’s important we learn how to manage our visions in life. That is why Fresh Minds Academy was established some years back. We are here to learn on so as to take our chance when it comes.
According to one of the greatest American President Abraham Lincom, he said  “ I will study , learn and get ready perhaps my chance will come”
His chance came. Yes or no?

What is the Vision of your life? What is the vision of your business?
To understand the above, one need to understand what vision is.
The empires of the future are empires of the mind “ Winston Churchhil

Where there is no vision the people perish  Proverbs 29:18

What is vision?                     

  • The power of sensing with the eyes, sight
  • The act or power of anticipating that which will or mau come to be: Prophetic vision, the vision of entrepreneur.
  • An experience in which a personage, thing or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a devine or other agency.
  • A vivid imaginative conception or anticipation . visions of wealth and glory.

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be. Your ideal is their prophecy of what you shall at last unveil”
. James Allen
 "A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done"  Ralph Lauren
 I will like to share with you the story about the man who started the Disney world. He had this wonderful vision of Disney world and described it vividly to the wife, all  he had in mind about the project. Unfortunately, he died before the commissioning of the biggest project of his life. A man on the occasion said how he wished that Disney has seen this wonderful work before he could go on, the wife intercepted. He saw it from the very beginning  before we all are gathered here today. my husband saw it

 "The vision that you glorify in your mind, the ideal that you enthrone in your heart, this you will build your life by and this you will become"
There is a great relationship between vision and mission.
Vision differs from but complements Mission and philosophy.
Mission: States the basic purpose of the organization, defines it's relationships to other organizations and sets objectives
Vision : vision builds on mission statement to describe the future size, shape of the organization
Vision sets specific goals, drives and guide actions to achieve these goals

A person who has vision constantly has a picture of how things should be which ultimately leaves him with mental guidance /direction. On the other hand, a person who lacks vision dwells only on the immediate and often lacks the energy and courage to pursue the ideal” Prof BEB Nwoke

A visionless person lacks the drive and can not work towards a long term advancement or stability.

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but has no vision” Helen Keller.
Vision And Perception :
if you want to be effective businessman you got to be a person with vision
Be an eagle!
Lesson from the Eagle According to Erudite Scholar Prof. BEB Nwoke
* The monarch of the sky
* The perfect flying machine
* In aerodynamics, wonder of the sky, king of the birds
*Eagle-eyed persons are capable of seeing to a great distance
*They are focused.
* Effective businessman are focused.
* Keep their mind on the task at hand and very good at the job.
*They are not distracted like the Eagle
* They are strategic in approach.
Check out how the Eagle soars - the highest height
Not like the vulture, the scavenger that does not distinguish between the good and the bad.

The company I manage has a vision
Our Vision: To be among the best Quick Service Restaurant in Nigeria and beyond
Our  Mission : To make our customers love Rennys through adherence to industry best practices anchored on the principle of quality products, Quality service by Quality people in a quality environment.
I am so glad to be a part of that vision. As an employee I understand that vision and it has become a passion for me.
I tell you the progress of the company and also that your business depends on the employee.
so you must make everyone who is part of your business to have a proper understanding of your vision, mission, values
A vision you don't understand, you can not actualize
Write it down. place it on strategic location of your business.
Show loyalty and devotion
Provide customers with the best product and services at all times
Taking you back a little...
We (Rennys) opened operations on October 2004
Between then and now. several fast foods that opened up in exactly same locations has closed up
The difference is one has a vision. The others don't
Benefits of vision management.
It helps you and your team to have a sense of ownership, sense of belonging or being a part of a great future.
Vision creates the big picture!
They will by the understanding of your vision, develop a high standard of productivity.
They will take personal care of all machinery, tools, material
They will provide the whole of their time, energy and ability to further the interest of your company
They will cooperate and work in harmony with other employees, management
They will be willing to give constructive suggestion for the improvement of process, efficiency and working conditions
In managing your business, it is quite important for you to ensure everyone keys in
It's either you shape in or you  shape out!
Instill discipline
Discipline :  Training of mind and character. A mode of life and character in accordance to rules and regulations
Disciplinary procedures should be put in place to ensure that discipline permeates the whole strata.
This is premised on the notion that if your staff are well disciplined by abiding to the stipulated company rules and regulations, the organization would achieve it's objectives and VISION

Another important aspect is performance management.
what do you understand by performance appraisal?
 It's a very important aspect that you shouldn’t neglect
Reviewing performance requires one follows a process
1. Planning
* setting goals. Communicating these objectives
When you set goals, you commit to outcomes that you can accomplish personally or through your team
Goal setting creates a long term vision for your people and provides motivation to get you there.
Why do we set goals?
By setting goals and measuring their Achievements you can : a. focus on what is most important to accomplish on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis
b. Provide a unified direction for your team
c. Achieve more and devote less energy to non critical tasks
d. Motivate your team and boasts it's overall job satisfaction

Just imagine a football field without a goal post...
Your goals must meet the requirements of SMART
S = specific  M=measurable A=achievable R=realistic  T=Time bound

2. Follow up : monitoring performance against goals.  Providing support and encouraging improvement
The focus of the reviews should be on How to raise performance and improve effectiveness
it should involve : Reviewing,  Discussing,  Confirming the staff tasks, objectives & Standards
You can achieve the unimaginable in that your business if you set your mind to it.

"I am only one. but still I a one. I can't do everything but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something I can do"  Helen Keller

Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Awarded Presidential medal of freedom in US at the age of 84 yrs
Nominated to Women Hall of Fame at New York World fair at age 84
Renowned author and writer
Conducted world motivational talks through Japan, Australia, South America, Europe and Africa
Who was Helen Keller?
Born normal child 27 JUNE 1880
Fell ill at 19 months and became deaf blind
Learned writing spelling of things on her palm and later with use of brail
1st deaf blind to enroll in an institution of Higher learning
Retired from public speaking at 81 due to failing health
Died peacefully at 88 years
Helen philosophy : “the blind man is neither a genius nor a freak nor an idiot. He has a mind that can be educated, a hand which can be trained, ambitions which is right for him to thrive and realize”
If Hellen Keller can achieve all she did above in her condition and at her age. Then you can even do better.
So go Ahead
Be that great person God has called you to be!
Thanks for your time