Sharing your Vivid Vision is just as important as writing it, but why? It’s easy to avoid sharing your work, especially something you’ve spent so much time on that it almost feels like a part of you.
There are two main reasons that you might fear sharing your Vivid Vision. The first one is simple, you fear criticism. The second one is, that you fear that by sharing ideas others will act on them first and take all the credit.
With all due respect, those reasons are garbage.
Sharing Ensures Success of your Vivid Vision
Sharing your Vivid Vision is one of the best ways to ensure that it comes to fruition. Go so far as to put a copy of your Vivid Vision on your website for the public to see. Encourage everyone to read it. Be glad for the feedback, don’t wallow in the criticism.
Are you afraid that competitors will steal your great ideas? Don’t be. Instead, be excited over the chance that your friends, colleagues, and associates might read it and become your allies in this endeavour. The more people that hear your ideas, or see your Vivid Vision, the more help you’ll have in making it all come true. This is something that you, as a COO, need to keep in mind when you’re planning the future.
Putting Together the “How”
It’s important to remember that your Vivid Vision isn’t an inflexible blueprint of the future. It’s more concerned with where you’re going rather than how you’re going to get there. In fact, sharing it actually helps you begin to put the pieces of “how to get there” together.
“When creating your Vivid Vision, the idea is to dream about where you can go without concerning yourself with how you’ll get there.” – COO Alliance
The Importance of Sharing your Vivid Vision with Everyone
When you lay out your Vivid Vision for your company, you might feel that sharing it with only your senior leaders is appropriate. Why confuse the receptionist with such a high level strategy, right?
That’s where you’re wrong.
How do you know that your receptionist isn’t friends with the executive assistant to the biggest venture capitalists in town? Maybe your IT guy knows the perfect program to simplify your inventory control. You’ll never know unless you share your Vivid Vision with everyone.
Sharing and Empowerment
Sharing your Vivid Vision also helps your employees understand their role in the grand scheme of the company. It will prompt them to make decisions that align with this blueprint and make them fight to bring your Vivid Vision to life.
When people are empowered and feel as if they are working towards something bigger, amazing things can happen. Sharing your Vivid Vision can spark a kind of momentum that carries you further than you could’ve ever imagined. Others outside of your company will see this momentum and drop anything to be a part of it.
Suddenly, your suppliers are offering more lax terms or your banker feels motivated to loosen their purse strings. Before you know it, you are leading a veritable army of diverse, driven individuals all working to achieve a common dream.
So don’t let fear stop you from sharing your Vivid Vision. Sharing it could bring you closer to success than you’d have ever thought possible!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2017 and has been edited for accuracy and comprehensiveness.