A few months ago I was fortunate to spend an evening at the Monet exhibit that a client hosted at the Cincinnati Art Museum. There was one landscape that drew me in due to its depth when viewed from about 20 feet away. When I moved as close to the painting as the curator allowed (I am not sure what alarms would have gone off if I had crossed the white line on the floor) and took a close look the painting appeared to be random splotches painted on the canvas. It amazed me the vision that the artist possessed to know exactly where to place the brushstrokes so that what he saw as he looked at that pond in France would be evident to someone viewing his work from a distance.
A few weeks ago while at my brother’s house in Rhode Island I marveled at the quilts and embroidery throughout their house that his wife has created over the years. The color patterns jump out at you on some of the beautiful works that she has created. What makes this amazing is the fact that she is color blind. It is incomprehensible to me that she has the vision to create something so vibrant when she can’t see the vibrancy with her eyes.
Just as these two artists, one much more famous than the other, have two different types of remarkable vision people involved in your business have different vision as well. There are many functions that need to be performed within every business and it is important that the people who perform them possess various types of vision. Often times as a business owner interviews candidates for a position he or she is drawn to people who they feel a connection with that see the world the same way that they do. The downside to this is that often times these employees have the same ‘business vision’ as the owner. This singular vision can create harmony within the office but also limit growth and the ability to adapt and innovate due to a collective tunnel vision.
Many successful companies have intentionally created an environment where employees are encouraged to communicate the areas that they see where the company can gain efficiencies or improve their products. In other businesses people at various levels within the organization can see things that are not obvious to upper management but they have the impression that their ideas will fall on deaf ears. For this reason it is important that every business establish communication channels that allows information to flow up through the organization as well as down from the top.
When a business comes to a critical point, whether that is a point where there is an opportunity or a crisis having contributors with different vision can be critical and often a set of eyes from outside of the organization is needed. Our Prosperity, Inc process is designed to take the data that exists in your business and create graphs and reports that allow you to see where your business is heading and how it got there. This process has helped several business owners to be able to see where there business needs to go and to have an ongoing real time vision of what is happening in the key areas.