Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Business & Economics - 206 pages
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As most managers know, you need a vision to motivate employees to achieve goals. But people, and companies, lose focus, and the future appears hazy. People say, We're getting stale, or, I just don't know where we're headed. Leaders know they need a vision to bring people together. And they know a good vision will renew enthusiasm and commitment. But waiting for inspiration rarely works-sometimes you need a vision now. But how? Recharge Your Team not only shows managers how to create an effective vision-it shows how to do it in as little as four hours, using a time-tested, proven approach.

Traditionally, companies call in consultants to help create a vision. Experts can help-for $4,000 per day plus expenses. And then there's the time involved: Visioning efforts can take months. This book offers a less-expensive, faster method. Called Grounded Visioning, and based on a concept called appreciative inquiry, the process allows groups to come up with a revitalizing vision that everyone buys into in half a day or less. How? As this book shows, the key is to be sure everyone takes part, to base the vision on how the team acts when at its best, and to imagine a vision bold enough to inspire but practical enough to feel achievable. This book covers the six quick but essential steps that ensure such results-with small teams or large groups. And any manager, not just trainers or HR people, can lead a successful Grounded Visioning session. Grounded visioning is a breakthrough concept of breathtaking simplicity and power that any leader can put to use today. It works, because it frees employees to share their dreams, hopes, and aspirations. As they soar, a vision naturally arises that recharges the team.

 

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Jay can articulate what its like to work with and manage people and teams like few others I have known in my professional career. He understands how important human interactions can be when productivity is a priority (when is it not a priority?). Jay provides clear solutions to business challenges that can be addressed with time and patience, as well as openness to change and a willingness to listen to others. Jay's describes building teams through shared visioning and best practices. I highly recommend this book to anyone working with teams of any size and at any state of maturity! 

Contents

Part II How to Create Your Grounded Vision
29
Part III Principles of Grounded Visioning
111
Part IV Grounded Visioning in the Living Organization
141
Planning Documents Sample Agendas Sample Handouts for Large Groups and Followup and Evaluation
183
Index
201
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About the author (2009)

Jay W. Vogt is an organizational and human development consultant who founded Peoplesworth, a consultancy, in 1982. Clients include Nortel Networks, Stonyfield Farm, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and many other mission-driven organizations.