There is an old Saturday Night Live parody of "George Bush" debating "Al Gore" in the 2000 campaign. At the close of the debate, the candidates were each asked to sum up their positions in one word.
Al Gore said, "Lock Box." Laughter followed.
The camera closed in on Mr. Bush. "StraTEEgery!" he exclaimed, to the guffaws of the audience.
No one can butcher the English language like he can. In fact I cringe every time I hear his "newk-you-lar," instead of "nuclear."
But whether you pronounce it "StraTEEgery" or "Strategy," its meaning is the same. It is a military term for conducting a campaign to gain advantage in war. It can be used to describe means of accomplishing plans, or steps one takes to complete a task.
Honestly, I've never been a real good strategist. Now, I'm a good list maker. And I'm a good problem solver. I'm even a good "Idea" person. But I start to power down whenever someone invites me to a Strategy Meeting of some sort. And if someone starts talking about "Cleaning Strategies," or "Business Strategies," I mentally check out.
That's why the title of Michael Hyatt's current blog series caught my attention. Mr. Hyatt is the President and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing. His topic, "Why Vision is More Important than Strategy," delves into creating a vision of the reality that you want.
"Vision and strategy are both important." he writes. "But there is a priority to them. Vision always comes first. Always. If you have a clear vision, you will eventually attract the right strategy. If you don't have a clear vision, no strategy will save you.
I have seen this over and over again in my professional and personal life. Once I got clear on what I wanted, the how almost took care of itself."
His words have struck a chord with me. I am often strategizing when I should be creating a compelling vision. I'm bogging down in the details of a plan I really don't buy into, even when I'm the one who came up with the plan in the first place. I like his recommendations for developing a vision, and I think they can be applied to almost any area of life, including my home life. After all, as a Mom, I am the Chief Operating Officer of the most important organization on earth: my family. If I don't have a vision of what our home can be, how can I expect anyone to buy into my strategies?
I haven't had a chance to digest the full meaning of Michael Hyatt's posts yet. But already I can sense a change in how I will approach the challenges that face me. Just THINKING of my vision in the present tense (point #6) has given me a whole new perspective. I hope you'll take a moment to read his blog posts on this subject. The only thing is, he SHOULD have titled the series,
Vision is More Important Than Strateegery
Then, those of us in Texas would know exactly what he is talking about!