Creating Vision Map : Inclusive vision

The most common mistake people make and continue to make when they dream and create a vision is by putting themselves in the front.

When I talk to people on what is their vision and dream almost everyone answers ‘I want to be a CEO’ or ‘I want to be rich’ or few better ones like ‘I want to be happy’. Such dreams are infact difficult to achieve as the dreamers have to fight their way out all alone.

Think of a situation where, You start a football team and gather the team together. The first inspirational speech you give is ‘Friends, we need to win the match. It is important as I dream of becoming the greatest football icon and I will achieve this once I win this match.’ I am sure, no one will even think of winning the match as there is nothing for them in it. It is all about you. Unfortunately, most of our visions and dreams are exactly like this which makes us behave in a similar manner.

“ Reword your vision and make it inclusive “

This might sound funny to you, because no one ever speaks that way. All the speeches we hear are something like ‘Friends, we need to win this match as our win will take us to level of greatness.’ It is highly probable that your teammates will play very hard and try to win the match as they see something for themselves in it. This vision is about a team and not individual, but an individual will achieve greatness as well.

Now just find the difference in your vision and this situation of football match. While we dream and create a vision, we almost all the time think about ourselves “Me” first. If you have to share this dream with others, it would be like the first statement of the football match. It would not excite anyone to help you achieve your dreams, as they do not see any benefit for themselves in it.

Now let us make some vision statements and analyze their effectiveness.

“I would create thousands of jobs”.

“I would make my company the happiest company”

“I would educate thousands of under privileged children”.

If we analyze the first vision statement, the thought is to create a company of thousands of people or be highly influential in creating so many jobs. This clearly means that if I have to create so many jobs I must be the leader to make this happen. Here, we create a vision by making it suddenly meaningful for thousands of people who will be benefited by this job creation, while I achieve my vision of being the head/ creator/ CEO of such a company. Such visions, have great power of motivation where you get direct and indirect support of several people around you with an intention to be part of your vision, unlike when you just think about yourself.

Second statement can result in creating a great company with productive people as the vision clearly states that I want to make my team happy. Their happiness in turn will help me become an achiever and happy as well.

The third statement again is a vision of being a person of social standing who can have influence and power to educate thousands of children.

Therefore creating inclusive vision helps you achieve your dreams faster, better and in a more noble way than any other form because it now becomes a vision of so many more who will join you in making it come true for you.

There are several examples of inclusive dreams which motivated and galvanized people who all worked under the leadership of the visionary and achieved what they desired.

Think about it and reword your vision and make it inclusive.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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