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Management and Leadership: Check Your Vision

Great Practice Managers need to be great managers but more importantly, great leaders. There is one thing that all successful leaders in this world have in common. They have a vision.

 

Innovative and successful leaders can clearly picture a better future for their country, their business and their people. You can find this vision in many speeches by leaders such as Dr Martin Luther King Jr - they use their words as a tool to help others visualise a better future too.


The power of being able to share a vision is so often overlooked when it comes to management. Consider this great quote from thought leader Simon Sinek: ”Dr King gave the ‘I have a dream’ speech, not the ‘I have a plan’ speech.”

A plan is a list of ideas and targets that will hopefully result in something getting done, but a dream is something entirely different. Would you rather be working to implement a plan, or a dream? Sinek’s quote asks us to think about the way we speak to employees and the language we use – we need to engage their brains, but also their thoughts and emotions.


Many practice managers reading this article will have a vision for your practice. Where you would like to be in a few years - what do you picture in your mind when you think of your practice being great? Is it an outstanding CQC result, is it the highest patient satisfaction score in the country - what matters the most to you? Have you communicated this vision to your team?

Michael Hyatt, a CEO and Business Coach, tells us: “Vision and strategy are both important. But there is a priority to them. Vision always comes first… 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.”

 

Here’s a simple exercise you can carry out with your team to use for inspiration (and have a go yourself!):

  • Provide your staff with blank post cards

  • Ask them to draw or write what they would like to have/see/do by this time next year

  • Ask them to write their address on the postcard

  • Collect the postcards and store them in a safe place

  • Take them out in no less than 8 months and post them out to your employees - see how far they have come! Have a look at your own too, maybe you will surprise yourself?

 

Are you inspired to develop your practice leadership role? What improvements do you think you could make in your workplace? Could you benefit from a professional Consultancy Service or ILM-accredited course delivered by award-winning primary care training providers Thornfields?

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