I had the pleasure today of spending 2 hours with the leadership team of a local wellness-services company.  The focus of our conversation was the Problem (Victim) Orientation and the Outcome (Creating) Orientation, as well as Dynamic Tension as an action-planning framework (see chapter 7 of The Power of TED*).

As we were exploring the practice of speaking to outcomes and focusing on vision as the focus for the Outcome Orientation, one of the team members asked” “Can vision and outcomes be for smaller, more narrow situations – or does it always have to be for longer-term and bigger things we want to create?”

Great question! This way of thinking and being is just as applicable to the everyday as it is to the long-term and BHAVs (Big Hairy Audacious Visions).  In focusing on any outcome, the important thing to ask and answer is this: “If I had the vision complete, how would I know it?”

In response to the question, I shared that my vision and intention for our 2 hours together was that:

  • the team understand the two orientations (which I would be able to know by the questions they asked and examples they used);
  • they could see how the models helped them understand the approach they were currently taking in meeting their leadership challenges (again, ascertained by the questions they asked and examples they spoke to); and
  • they could identify ways in which they can apply this way of thinking, as well as planning for and taking action, in their organization (which I could determine during the conversation and how to apply the models to specific challenges).

I am delighted to say that we “nailed” all three of the intentions!

Defining outcomes by identifying how we will know it when we achieve the outcome is an integral discipline in being a Creator.