The Vision Scorecard has two parts, a crystal‐clear vision statement that describes what success looks like in 3, 5 or 10 years, and a mechanism for measuring progress toward that desired state. The vision statement itself, if developed properly, is one of the most important tools for mobilizing and influencing a team or organization, but is can be just another time-consuming exercise unless the group has some accountability and that means a way of measuring progress.
The Vision Statement itself is a detailed description of the future, including what the new situation will look like, how people will be working, what they will be doing, and what results they will be achieving. To create a shared vision, the team should work as individuals, then as a group.
Timelines are visual depictions of a group’s history, and they can be helpful to a team in a number of ways, including:
Teams need goals to focus energy, prioritize resources, and break complex tasks into manageable parts. But teams rarely set practical or well‐aligned goals, thus wasting their time and resources. To help your team stay on track, use their time efficiently, and feel more motivated by their short‐term accomplishment, focus on goal setting.
Well‐intentioned, knowledgeable people often leap to conclusions about a problem and end up solving the wrong issue. While their knowledge and speed may look efficient and productive at the time, they often end up wasting time and other resources, having to solve the same problem over and over again.
Multi‐voting is used to prioritize and/or narrow down a list of options (i.e., divergent thinking). It is most often used in conjunction with brainstorming. However, it can be applied to any list that needs to be reduced to a critical few. It helps a group refine a list into something workable, focus on what is most important, or pick from what would be most impactful.
Individuals and teams often have to organize a great deal of information in a useable way. Mind mapping is a perfect tool, particularly for qualitative information that cannot easily be put in a graph, table, or chart. The applications of mind mapping are numerous, but some uses include: finding root causes, planning a project, gathering data, and assigning responsibilities. It is a valuable tool for a team, because it combines diverse information quickly and visually, so the process can involve every member efficiently.
This intervention is useful for involving the team in assessing its own performance or efficiency. While this is a more time‐consuming option for the participants than written surveys or interviews, it has the double benefit of getting valid data from the group in real time and affecting immediate change, a technique known as “action research.”
Even the best laid plans can come to nothing if you have not earned team or organizational commitment to execution. Problem solvers can earn this commitment in a variety of ways and should make a conscious-decision about how to approach this delicate process early in the problem‐solving process itself.