Day 1: Journey to the impossible — journey to a grand vision
Last night (or rather around just past midnight), I sat at the dinner table and scribbled out my ‘vision’.
Back in business school, my management papers emphasized the necessity of visions and strategies as a vital component to a successful business. I passed the papers but never truly understood what it all really meant. I had to come up with empty grand visions for scenarios I didn’t care for. I made them sound ridiculously good and the strategies proposed supported them. They were convincing to everyone but me.
Fast forward a few years, I started working for a startup that had a clear vision — “To be the best low fare travel solution in the world.”
The man behind the startup was passionate and convinced that it was possible. He was the company’s best salesman in every aspect.
Then he sold the company and the vision disappeared with him. At some point he must of stopped believing. After he was gone there was no one to champion the ‘dream’.
I got thrown in head first into a very corporate and formal situation that led to days of doing something that was very removed from what I originally signed up for. The worst part of it all was the feeling of constantly being stuck in limbo with no clear goal.
Everyone had their own agenda — whether it be marketing, operations, customer service and everyone else in between from other places, spaces and even countries. There was leadership but no ownership.
But somehow, somewhere among the chaos we eventually had a little bit of unity — until the team changed again. By the time I returned from maternity leave, it was already too late. The multiple agendas led to a gridlock of decisions and nothing in particular was achieved. Management would probably say otherwise and lay blame elsewhere but that is my perspective of it all.
And it started with the sinkhole where the vision should have been.
Fast forward to earlier this morning, in the the wee hours just past midnight, I reviewed my neatly scribbled ‘visions’ which after closer inspection looked more like overly ambitious goals. I was tempted to discard the whole thing and start again but then stopped myself.
I can create a vision that sounds good – just like back in my University days. Or I can take a little bit of time to breathe, to experiment and to find out exactly what it is I want to achieve. The goals I had satisfied this aspect to a certain level but not at the passion level I need.
I need to want my vision first in order to make it a reality.
So for now, my overly ambitious goals can stay because they are big, lofty and produces a financial outcome that I want for the interim. A vision needs desire, clarity and finality. I need to be a champion of this vision, whatever it may be, for it to happen.