Building & Communicating Your Vision – Activity & Discussion
Each week you will have access to a downloadable version of the activity & discussion post.
Work through the following activities as part of your team. (You may want to use the separate worksheets as a tool to support the activities).
Building & Communicating Your Vision
- Remember to come together with intention:
“Within the first five minutes of my opening, I always say something like this – I want you to imagine you’re building a spider web together, that you have strings coming out of your wrists, that connect with the other people here. We can only go as deep as the weakest thread will allow, now none of you are the weakest link… but the weakest thread between the two of you will determine how deep we can go together…”
– Priya Parker, The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
- Leadership is not always about titles. A trauma-informed approach requires brave leaders willing to have tough conversations.
- Each of us operates from our own own leadership style. Recognizing the strengths of each person on a team can help the team solve challenges in a collaborative and constructive way. Continue to reflect on your leadership style and how it impacts how you show up and your ability to connect.
- A vision is “an aspirational description of what an organization would like to achieve in the mid or long term.” It describes a clear outcome of what we would like to achieve. It should dare us to dream and to think big. It should evoke emotion and inspire us.
- Communicating your vision is key to obtaining buy-in across the organization. As you develop your message to various stakeholders, remember to target your message to address the specific needs of that audience.
Work through the following questions with your team.(You may want to use the separate worksheets as a tool to support the activities.)
- Revisit agreements: Continue to revisit the set of agreements that you created to help support intentional culture-building within your team.
- Reflect on your leadership style: Continue to reflect on leadership styles and explore how they might impact connection (safety) within your team and the overall culture of your organization. Identify how you might reach out to others with different styles to nurture strength in diversity. (See separate worksheet for additional support) .
- Develop your vision: A trauma-informed approach starts with you and your vision is the guide. Identify why and how you see this approach impacting your organization in a specific way, whether it is with patients, staff, or both. Create a vision for this work within your team and organization.
- Communicate your vision: Consider the needs of various key stakeholders as you develop and target your message to them. This is an important part of building buy-in and support.