I have always found that in order to have a real effect within an organisation, you need to utilise a few transferable skills and expect varying degrees of success. For me, some of the most important attributes are knowing your limits, and listening to those around you, even (and sometimes especially) when they share a very different opinion to you. Going further, your colleagues may even possess very useful constructive criticism of you and your ideas that could be harnessed into greatness with the right effort. You just need to be able to take it all in and learn, whilst checking your ego at the door which for many can be easier said than done.\n\nAlways Being Right\n\nIf your way is the only way, and you dismiss anyone whose opinion differs as wrong without a second thought, then I've got some really important and troubling news... YOU are the problem. Sorry. The truth hurts, but I've always found that harsh-but-fair constructive criticism is one of the best mechanisms to improve and exceed yourself. Even if you have aced EVERY exam with a 100% score, successfully converted EVERY opportunity, scored EVERY shot, came first in EVERY sporting event that you've participated and EVERY dish you've ever cooked has been at a Michelin-Star standard, you have room for improvement (oh and no person has EVER accomplished everything I've mentioned, it's impossible). You can always be better, run faster, get a higher score etc, you just have to be open to suggestions and not let your ego get in the way. If you think that you are always right, then you are causing no end of problems to those around you.\n\nYour (Rigid) Vision\n\nDiversity of thought is so important when composing and executing a vision successfully. How on earth will your plan cope with an ever changing landscape, subtleties and the nuances of a working environment if you flat out reject ideas outside of your own? How will your game-plan inspire the many, if it only encompasses the narrow view of a like-minded few? The trick is to test the elements of your vision as soon as possible, capture the positives, learn from the negatives and obtain constructive feedback in as short an iteration as humanly possible. The more you test, the more you can account for any issues, clashes and inaccuracies that WILL happen ahead-of-time. Best to know them early and remove and plan for them, rather than them hitting you like a tonne of bricks later.\n\nSmall team discussing ideas\n\nA Person with a Plan\n\nA vision isn't a collection of ideas loosely tied together that people are supposed to just 'get' when your PowerPoint slides are eventually released. Additionally, a vision isn't a collation of todays most popular buzzwords like 'Digital', 'Blockchain', 'AI', 'Machine Learning' etc. rammed down everyone's throats without seemingly any reasoning, background, cause, substance or case studies. Your role isn't to pin concepts on a board so that others have to spend time working out how said concepts are connected. As the visionary, it is your responsibility to construct the intricate (and complex) web of connections between each of your concepts, and then make these connections as SIMPLE as possible for everyone else to understand. The more complex your ideas seem, the more people will be put off by a lack of understanding, assumed difficulty, and even perceived impossibility.\n\nIt is also important that you make information about your plan(s) highly-searchable and easy to find. If ANY of your taking points connect with your peers and/or employees, they will go out of their way to find out more with and without your help and champion your cause. Make sure your documentation is accessible, host it on your intranet and if intended to be public, the internet too. Avoid sharing via private emails, as Ensure that it is tagged with relevant categories, and has the required keywords (not buzzwords). Structure your materials within a central hub which suggests further articles to keep people learning about what you are striving to achieve, they'll thank you for it 😎. At the time of writing, an internal super-search powered by Google for businesses doesn't exist, so you need to go the extra mile to ensure people find the content you have produced that supports your vision. Your staff won't be able to just type "vision" and get results that support your vision.\n\nA Solid Communication Strategy\n\nIt is absolutely VITAL that you formulate an effective and (most importantly) consistent communication strategy to get your message out across your organisation. An official communications piece on your intranet every 2 months supported by a company-wide mass email which includes the link is NOT good enough, and amounts to six emails in a year if you stop and think about it. A lot can happen in a day, a week etc, and interested parties WANT to know about it. It helps to fuel their interest if they can see the real and regular progress of your vision, and it helps to write an overall narrative of "your journey". By "Your Journey", I don't mean the quest that you and your immediate team are embarking on, rather I am taking about the story that your organisation is a part of. This includes your team, the teams within the same office, the teams located in offices your country and even international teams.\n\nCommunication strategy and connections\n\nTo bring everyone else along for the ride, you need to to be smart and descriptive with your content and regular with your updates. Remember your supplementary material that you are hosting on your intranet and (maybe) the internet? Use IT! Take the time to understand your various communications channels, e.g. email, intranet homepage, Yammer (if you have it or something similar) and use it to your advantage. Take an article highlight, attach it to a internal release and send it out along with a link that takes people to your central hub. Update the homepage of your intranet site so people don't have to click around for your content. Post weekly updates on your Yammer (or similar), Slack or MS Teams.\n\nCultivate Raving Fans\n\nFans at a concert raising their hands\n\nKeep people clued in and you can build a fanbase with your content. If those around you are sufficiently engaged and believe in your vision, they will share your content around for you without request, so give them the content to share and make it a mere link away. Keep them updated, make them feel they are part of your division, irrespective of geography. Seek their feedback, analyse it and provide updates that includes responses to this input, and include SPECIFIC examples.\n\nAlways Be Supportive\n\nFinally, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you DISMISS any feedback or any extracurricular work that people have performed to serve your cause. Thank them, understand where they were coming from, empathise and try everything you can to work it into your overall vision. If this can be done, make a song and dance about it to encourage others to follow suit, as this is a team effort, not a solo preach. If this input cannot be incorporated, let them down gently, but encourage them to build upon what they are doing. What you don't want to do is stifle any ideas around your mission, as this can lead to disillusionment and ultimately stop others from being interested in what you have set out to achieve. You need others to be successful, so involve them and learn from them along the way.\n\nRecipe for Success\n\nBy building your vision around a base set of ideas, and testing these elements regularly, you increase your chances of executing a viable plan with increased support from those around you due to them being involved throughout. By checking your ego at the door, and by accepting that you won't get things correct instantly, you allow for others to help you along your journey. On top of this, by providing a clear and coherent supplementary materials, cultivating a fanbase and harnessing their creativity, you put yourself in the enviable position where those involved WANT to help you succeed. Your job as the visionary is to create an environment that lifts others up and allows them to shine around you, not to try and make yourself look good with a few choice buzzwords and minimal communication so that you can check a box saying you are making a difference. This could work, but you'll be very lonely traversing this route.\n\nTake care and all the best, Si.