Do you have an image of your vision? Most of us wrestle through the precise wording of a mission statement about “us” here and now, and then find ourselves articulating a vision that looks more like a values statement or feels like an elusive ideal. In other words, the mission feels concrete and the vision abstract. Is it no wonder that the realization of a vision or the quest for a ”true visionary leader” often falls short?
Actually, the challenge is not in having a vision, but rather in seeing a vision and turning that vision into reality. Kennedy’s vision of putting a man on the moon was the easy part. Actually, putting a man on the moon was quite a different matter. It involved persistence, sacrifice and, above all, an entire team of people! John Maxwell states: “The best leaders are able to see a vision and then activate it by stepping forward. In addition, they’re willing to sacrifice to see the vision come to fruition. Finally, they realize the importance of surrounding themselves and their vision with an incredible team.” (Maxwell, Vision From Start to Finish).
Stepping forward toward the vision gives us vision in action. Vision in action changes the basic metabolism of the organization. Metabolism implies life-sustaining change through transformation or conversion. Wherever your organization needs support THE STUART CENTER is here to help!
- The CEDC Office offers web design and graphic design services. Sometimes a new look helps to breathe new life into an organization's mission and vision. We can help you get the message out via your website, e-newsletters, print materials for reporting and advertising, etc. Everything is customized to your culture and message! Contact Director Laryn Bakker for more information.
- The Conference Center offers non-profit organizations gathering space for meetings, retreat days, etc. Our meeting spaces provide a 'home away from home' to help provide the change of scenery we sometimes need to stimulate new thinking. Our warm, welcoming environment is a quiet have in the middle of the city and our professional, courteous staff are eager to make your visit a successful one! For information contact Director Clara Callahan.
- The Office of Educational Initiatives & Leadership has worked with non-profit orgnaizations of varying types and sizes in areas of strategic planning, Board development and staff training for leadership We can help you think about not only envisioning the future, but getting there! For more information contact Director Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ.
– Imma De Stefanis, RSCJ, Ph.D.