Last month I outlined a process of how to get ideas into actions and practice - how to see dreams and aspirations come to life in the real world. Then last week I followed that up with a post on the nature of vision within that process. In particular I suggested that the time to lead change is when things are going well, not just when they are going wrong. I thought today I'd share one resources I have found most helpful in learning about the nature of Vision. If you've not heard of him, can I introduce you to Simon Sinek. Sinek is best known for popularizing the concept of "Start With Why". His Ted.com talks are some of the most listened to Ted talks to date. For example his talk "How great leaders inspire action" has been watched over 20 million times.
Sinek has as simple powerful model for inspirational leadership all starting with the question "Why?" On his main Start with Why web site he suggests 'Start with Why in everything you do. Do you know your Why? The purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you to do what you do?' Sinek suggest that all to often we review what we do and how we do it, with no idea why. The place to start is with vision, our Why, the personal Why for ourselves and the Why of our organisations. Only then can we move to ask How our Why can happen and What we need to do to make that a reality.
His best selling book on all this is called, 'Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action'. Out of all the resources I've come across I have found his simple idea and model the most compelling and helpful. Sinek has a great blog.