I often work with clients to clarify what is most important to them to ensure they are actualizing their values. We have so many decisions to make regarding how to spend our time, energy and resources. Given the fast pace of change and our need to be agile, we are served when we are clear about what is most important to us and our larger goals or vision.
I recently had the opportunity of hearing about the vision of the Basque region of Spain to become known internationally as a center for advanced manufacturing and social inclusion. Industry generates 29.9% of its GDP. Their focus on manufacturing comes from a vision and strategy to ensure excellent health and education systems for their citizens. They have developed an integrated training and education system that is recognized as a best practice in the European Union.
Their vision to focus on human development and manufacturing has enabled various businesses, and public and private organizations to work together effectively. Together with a shared vision, they have positively influenced their citizens and are now sharing their learning across different communities to make an even bigger difference.
It can be challenging to create a vision within an organization and even more challenging in a city or community where people have different interests. However, the collective effort to work toward shared visions is greatly needed these days and can be quite rewarding.
According to the April Gordon Report (www.Imperialcorp.com), in the US over 10 million jobs remain vacant where there is growing unrest among Americans who are unemployed or underemployed. The changes in technology make the need for more public-private partnerships and broader visions to understand changes in the labor market demands and the needed changes in education.
I meet many people who want to make a difference amidst the wide range of challenges. We need to focus on systemic change. These larger goals require vision and the ability to be open and engage in dialogue.
Consider your purpose and how you can convene and collaborate with others to make an impact.