Clarify Your Vision By Asking the Right Questions

August 29, 2012 - Mac Lake - Leadership, Vision
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I was walking along the beach in Carlsbad the other day praying about God’s Vision for LAUNCH.  As I asked God to open the eyes of my mind to see His vision I sensed Him saying, “Ask the right questions and I will show you the answers.”

This makes sense; think about it.  In Exodus 3 when God gave His vision for delivering the Hebrew people from Egypt Moses immediately began to ask questions.  And the more he asked the more clarity God gave him. This reminds me that vision is not a one-time communication from God, but an on-going conversation with God. Here is the list of questions that flooded into my mind that morning on the beach.  I spent a couple of hours the next day on the plane thinking these through and gained amazing clarity as I prayed, processed and captured the answers.  I hope they help you refine your vision as well.

  • What Scriptures are central to our mission and how do they inform or inspire our vision?
  • If we were able to maximize our mission to the fullest potential what would the outcome look like?
  • What opportunities do we have to innovate new ideas, products or processes?
  • What is the unique niche God has given us in our industry? What do we need to do to steward that well?
  • In what way does the giftedness of the key individuals in our organization inform us about God’s future for us?
  • What outcomes do we want to see over the next 12 months?  Three years?  Five years?
  • In what ways will our “product” change over the next three years? Are there new products we will produce over the next three years?
  • What are the biggest opportunities in front of us that we need to seize?
  • What are the “hidden” assets that are within our reach that we are not capitalizing on?
  • Who do I need to meet with in the next 90 days?  In what way can they add value to my thinking or add value to our vision?
  • How will our industry be changing over the next 5 years and what adjustments do we need to be thinking about now?
  • What are the top 3 most important things we can do in the next 90 days that will impact our bottom line over the next 12 months?
  • What do we want to be said about our organization 20 years from now?  What footprint do we want to leave on our industry?

What questions would you add?

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One response to Clarify Your Vision By Asking the Right Questions

  1. Mac, you’re starting to sound like Bobb Biehl. Seriously, check out his little booklet “Asking to Win.” If you ask great questions, you get great answers. If you ask lousy questions, you get lousy answers. If you ask no questions, you get no answers, at all. Great post! I think there’s definitely room for strategic thinking in churchland :-)

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