17 Feb 10 Powerful Questions to Focus Your Bold New Vision
“Every choice you make leads you away from your vision or moves you toward it.” – Patti Digh –
What do we want our culture to be? This simple question was the starting point for a bold new vision for Baptist Healthcare (BHC), an organization that led the way in creating a workplace where wellness was possible, and who reaped the benefits as a result – higher employee satisfaction, lower turnover, greater patient satisfaction and lower patient mortality. All of this landed BHC in the top 25 on Fortune’s list of the 100 Best Places to Work For in America for the past 15 years running.
I’m not talking about “boxed” wellness here, the most common way organizations tackle workplace wellness. I’m talking about asking the question “what makes wellness (a state of psychological, social, emotional, spiritual and physical well-being) possible?
If you ask that question, your answer (I hope) is not going to be “let’s start a program!” If you truly dissect that question, your answers will have to do with culture and leadership.
Implementing a program within a dysfunctional culture changes nothing.
As Al Stubblefield, the CEO of Baptist Health at the beginning of their journey said, “You’ll never change what you tolerate.”
In order to achieve a new vision of true wellness in your organization (even if you’re an organization of one or two!) as Stubblefield says, you have to “first imagine it, then record it, and then communicate it broadly.”
So, if creating a better place to work is in your vision this year (and why wouldn’t it be?) here are a few more questions to throw around in your visionary process:
- Who are we when we are at our best?
- What do we believe in?
- What do we value?
- What is our purpose?
- What is going well?
- How can we build on these strengths?
Creating new vision is always exciting. However, equally as important is having the tools to achieve that vision once you have it. This is where positive practices come into play. The culture within and between teams at work is inextricably linked with successfully achieving your vision and goals.
Asking ‘what takes our team (or organization) into downward spirals of negativity or vicious cycles?’ is an important question. And more crucial is ‘what practices can move us into positive upward spirals or resilient cycles?’
Practices that promote positivity at work include gratitude, mindfulness, and meditation. More resilient, effective teams are developed through the practices of creating clear purpose and objectives, holding positive meetings and having team debriefs.
What is your bold new vision for 2017 and beyond? Asking powerful questions is the starting point for creating that vision. Positive practices are the key to achieving it.
Deborah Connors teaches leaders to radically shift culture so that people can flourish. She works with teams to create positive vision and develop the practices to achieve success, and is the author of “A Better Place To Work: Daily Practices That Transform Culture” being released in 2017.