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Do You Include Your Family In Your Professional Vision?
If not - you should at least according to Glen our guest blogger. #2 in Glen's 4 part series on enhancing your professional success is Vision-casting. What is it? Glen suggests it is engaging your family in your professional aspirations. There is wisdom in this thought - read on...
Vision Casting at Home: What’s Work Got To Do With It?
might be where the heart is, but sometimes all of the rest of our faculties are
at work. And if we aren’t careful, those close to us might believe that our
heart is really at work, too.
at its best compels and energizes others, builds morale, sets a tone, and
informs strategic planning. This is most often in a business or organizational
setting. But if we want to give our all at home, why not want to energize,
compel, build up, set tone, and be strategic there as well? Our loved ones need
a vision cast before them.
should this vision entail?
¨A heartfelt statement of the way you feel about
the people you love, what you want to see for their lives, and your commitment
to being there for them.
¨A realistic projection of where you want your
family to be in 5-10 years in measurable terms and a commitment on how to
¨A thorough explanation about how working hard in
your field, business, or organization will contribute to the family or
household needs and goals (a vision of increasing income always makes for a
pleasant conversation with the spouse, and helps justify extra work and
training that may bring in more bucks!)
¨A genuine expression of what your work does for
you- why you love what you do and what it is about your job that gets you up
every day ready to make a difference.
I have not always been so organized
and clear in the way I have cast vision for my family. But when my oldest son
was 3 years old, and I was a mobile crisis counselor, my wife asked him how he
would answer the question, “What does your daddy do?” He said, “My daddy helps
kids.”I had a good idea that my wife
had instilled respect in my son for what I did and why I worked so much. I had
somehow communicated a vision to them about how much they mattered, and what
work had to do with it.