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Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion. Many skills and abilities separate effective strategic leaders like Howard Schultz from poor strategic leaders. Effective strategic leaders are able to convince employees to embrace lofty ambitions and move the organization forward.
In contrast, poor strategic leaders struggle to rally their people and channel their collective energy in a positive, focused direction.
As the quote from Jack Welch suggests, a vision is one key tool available to executives to inspire the people in an organization Figure 2. Our worldwide operations are aligned around a global strategy called the Plan to Win, which centre on an exceptional customer experience — People, Products, Place, Price and Promotion. Edwards, One limitation of such all-encompassing goals is that front line and operational employees will not relate or connect with the goals, and will disengage from the process — flavour of the month….
Of course, a strong element of walk-the-talk is required by management as well. The of a survey of 1, executives illustrate how the need to create an inspiring vision creates a tremendous challenge for executives. Meanwhile, 90 percent of the executives expressed serious doubts about their own ability to create a vision. Not surprisingly, many organizations do not have formal visions. Many organizations that do have visions find that employees do not embrace and pursue the visions.
Having a well-formulated vision that employees embrace can therefore give an organization an edge over its rivals. Organizations need support from their key stakeholders, such as employees, owners, suppliers, and customers, if they are to prosper. The firm continues to serve its mission through various strategic actions, including offering its Internet browser Google Chrome to the online community, providing free via its Gmail service, and making books available online for browsing.
Some universities have fallen into this trap. Many large public universities were established in the late s with missions that centered on educating citizens. As the 20th century unfolded, however, creating scientific knowledge through research became increasingly important to these universities.
Many university presidents responded by creating visions centered on building the scientific prestige of their schools. This created a dilemma for professors: Should they devote most of their time and energy to teaching students as the mission required or on their research studies as ambitious presidents demanded via their visions? Some universities continue to struggle with this trade-off today and remain houses divided against themselves. To work toward achieving these overall aspirations, organizations also need to create goals —narrower aims that should provide clear and tangible guidance to employees as they perform their work on a daily basis.
The most effective goals are those that are. A goal is specific if it is explicit rather than vague. A goal is measurable to the extent that whether the goal is achieved can be quantified. A goal is aggressive if achieving it presents a ificant as opposed to easy challenge to the organization. A series of research studies have demonstrated that performance is strongest when goals are challenging but attainable. Such goals force people to test and extend the limits of their abilities.
This can result in reaching surprising heights.
WestJet committed to growing responsibly and ensuring that it is an environmentally sustainable airline, and supports the IATA goal of carbon neutral growth in its industry beyond WestJet already operates one of the most modern and fuel-efficient fleets in North America.
Achieving carbon neutral growth will be a challenge for WestJet requiring the combined efforts of the airline and its supplier partners such as aircraft manufacturers, airports and government. Between andwe improved our fuel efficiency by The resulting fuel savings are equivalent to the amount of fuel that would have been used to fly a Boeing Next-Generation from Calgary to Toronto and back approximately 44, times based on our fuel usage.
Understandably, few students would study hard enough to score 90 percent or percent on the final exam under these circumstances Similarly, setting organizational goals that are easy to reach encourages employees to work just hard enough to reach the goals. It is tempting to extend this logic and thinking to conclude that setting nearly impossible goals will encourage even stronger effort and performance from staff. However, people act rationally and tend to become discouraged and give up when faced with goals that realistically have little chance of being reached. The company simply could not be turned around that quickly.
Thus goals must also be realistic, meaning that their achievement is feasible. Most of us have found that deadlines are motivating and that they help you structure your work time. The same is true for organizations, leading to the conclusion that goals should be time-bound through the creation of deadlines.
WestJet has set a goal to achieve a cumulative 45 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency for our fleet byas compared to the base year. WestJet, The period after an important goal is reached is often overlooked but is critical.
Will an organization rest on its laurels or will it take on new challenges? Starbucks provides an illustrative example. Strategic leaders need to ensure that their organizations have three types of aims. A vision states what the organization aspires to become in the future. Goals are the more specific aims that organizations pursue to reach their visions and missions.
Edwards, A. Google Inc. Ten things we know to be true. Quigley, J. Vision: How leaders develop it, share it, and sustain it. Business Horizons37 537— WestJet Airlines Ltd. Figure 2.
Visions highlight the values and aspirations that lay at the heart of the organization. Although vision statements have the potential to inspire employees, customers, and other stakeholders, vision statements are relatively rare and good visions are even rarer. Some of the visions being pursued by businesses today are offered below. The following examples illustrate the connections between organizations and the needs of their key stakeholders.
The most effective goals are those that are SMART specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound. SMART goals help provide clarity, transparency, and ability. Bywe strive to be one of the top five airlines in the world as measured through key metrics such as on time performance, safety, profitability and guest satisfaction. Define vision and mission and distinguish between them.
Take a look at the website of your college or university. Were they easy or hard to find? As a member of the student body, do you find the vision and mission of your college or university to be motivating and inspirational? Why or why not? What is an important goal that you have established for your career? Media Attributions Figure 2. What the organization hopes to become in the future.
Narrower aims that organizations pursue to serve their visions and missions. : Chapter 2: Leading Strategically. Next: Assessing Organizational Performance. Share This Book Share on Twitter.Meet the requirements mission understanding approach
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