Within the last two weeks, I have participated in two different leadership development programs that specifically addressed the need for establishing a BIG Vision in order to inspire change and to ultimately experience – transformation.

Establishing a vision is simply an acknowledgement of what you want your future state to be.

In one of the programs I attended, the speaker focused on the need for developing a compelling, meaningful depiction of the future.  This depiction acts as a compass to guide our strategies, helps us establish milestones, aids in reviewing and making decisions about which actions to take and facilitates measuring progress.

When you develop a career vision:

  • You automatically take charge of your future.
  • You can develop a strategy that allows you to plan for two or three career moves in the future.
  • You are able to realistically look at your competencies, strengths, values, needs and plan the development alternatives you need to propel you career forward.

The speaker in the second program warned of complacency and the danger of ‘vision drift’ or ‘vision creep’.  Vision drift happens when you veer off center or you allow other things to become more important to you than achieving your career vision.

When you experience vision drift:

  • You become busy with all of life’s chores – and put aside attaining the milestones you have established to achieve your career vision.
  • You accepted a role that was just supposed to be a temporary stepping stone.  Or, you accepted the position in order to give yourself time for a ‘career breather’.  Both scenarios that started as a one- to two-year interim option can turn into a five-, seven-, or twelve-year dead-end job.
  • You don’t periodically assess your progress.
  • You allow other’s needs or visions to supersede yours.
  • You acquiesce to the parameters or box that others have built for you.
  • You don’t periodically reevaluate and update your career vision to adjust for new realities.
  • Your execution falls short of your career vision strategy.
  • Your life – and living your life (with all the accompanying commitments, sacrifices, duties, joys, family, friends, responsibilities, etc.,) is preeminent in your thinking and doing – while the bright career vision you once embraced, has become dim.

I have written about a number of the techniques for career advancement and career transformation: knowing your leadership brand; building an effective internal and external key influencer network; clarity in communicating your career story; periodically reinventing your career, acquiring disruptive innovator competencies, increasing your leadership agility, how to know when it’s time to take a step back, and so on.

But, none of this will actually transform your career unless and until you have a written career vision to act as an overarching framework for comparing the pros and cons of every potential role, promotion, course, personal development activity, career plan, broadening assignment, etc.

Questions for you to answer:

  • Do you have a career vision?  If so, what is it and is it written?
  • Have you experienced career drift?  For help with executing your career vision, contact me at: cglasco@charter.net



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Christine M. Glasco, Career Coach – consults to company executives, business owners and non-profit leaders on career management, career transition and strategic leadership development solutions.  To request a complimentary copy of Five Tips to Transform Your Executive Career  and to receive Who Needs a One Page Career Plan? You Do!   Website: www.christineglasco.com   Email:  info@christineglasco.com  Phone:  1.940.367.0837

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One Response to Is Your ‘ Career Vision ’ Suffering From ‘Vision Drift’?

  1. Dallas Diggs says:

    This is probably more needed in this economy than in times before 2008 given fewer opportunities and greater interest in self-employment…staying the course is, as you note, a key to success.

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