The Productive Visionary: Delivering New Ideas in a Stable Environment

Every company needs a visionary. Their job is to push boundaries, think outside the box, and develop new ways to overcome the challenges facing the company. The transformative power of creative thinking and brainstorming is hard to overstate, as long as it is harnessed in a productive way. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle to balance visionary ideas with stable and efficient implementation.

 

The Do’s and Dont’s of Visionary Thinking

DO engage with the rest of the team during the ideation phase. Visionaries often find themselves playing an opposition role, where they chime in at the end of a meeting with thoughts that upend the entire discourse. As a part of a single functional team, you need to participate throughout the entire discussion to formulate a single plan alongside your colleagues.

DO respect the project cycle. If your team creates and implements new ideas on a quarterly basis, then you should respect that process timeline and save new ideas for the start of the next cycle. Throwing new ideas or processes into the mix half-way through the quarter can burden team members and make it much harder to analyze the results.

DON’T push your leadership team too hard. Listen to their concerns when it comes to practical implementation of ideas. It’s okay to encourage them to reach higher as long as it does not force other critical business functions out of focus. Be willing to compromise and wait to try out new ideas if necessary.

DON’T push a hidden agenda. There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with new ideas or procedures, as long as everyone is on the same page. However, adding new duties or changing an established process with little warning can have a negative impact on team morale and overall performance.

One Team, One Vision

Visionaries often find themselves thinking ahead of the rest, but that doesn’t mean that everyone needs to keep up with their pace. It’s the visionary’s responsibility to engage with their team and commit to the same goals as them. Once the project has begun, it’s important to stay on the original course and follow through completely. A disciplined and stable approach is the only way to test if the project or idea actually has merit.

While the creative thinkers and problem solvers often find themselves wearing multiple hats in smaller organizations, their roles should become more defined as the business grows. Ideally, visionaries will not be directly responsible for the implementation of any one project. Instead, they roam between projects and make contributions to various efforts across the entire team.

Visionaries know that there is always room for improvement, and this type of critical thinking can be a great asset to any team. Careful review and analysis of previous projects, policies and ideas is essential for long-term success. Dedicate some time at the end of each cycle to evaluate results from the previous months to make measurable and effective improvements on current strategies.

Bridge the Gaps in Your Business Processes

Dante Group helps businesses stretch and streamline their ideation, implementation, review, and management processes to cover all of the bases. We help you organize and delegate tasks to team members to encourage employee responsibility, drive progress, and deliver a seamless customer experience. Email us at success@dantegroup.ca to learn more about our team, company values, and business consulting services.