Proverbs 29:18 (KJV) states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If you’ve been feeling as if you are dying bit by bit each day, this may be the root cause. The nation is being led by someone without a clear vision. What was true one day, is false the next. Or more accurately, what was false but said to be true one day is denied the next. With a vision comes the responsibility of having a clear grasp of the issues and setting goals to make the vision a reality. In a recent interview with a friendly interviewer, *45 clearly shows that he doesn’t have even an elementary level of knowledge on issues that he is responsible for (See: Trump’s interview is both funny and terrifying. )
You may have disagreed with the agendas and policies of previous presidents, but what wasn’t lacking was a vision. You knew what their policy focus would be and how they hoped to achieved those policies. For those in the White House that’s what we call a “platform”. And if you are weary about the lack of vision coming from the White House, you may be equally frustrated with the lack of vision to counteract that nonsense. The Democratic party, our only real option in a two-party system, is still struggling to define its platform. Instead there just seems to be reactions to *45’s tweets instead of proactive pursuit on a policy agenda. Democrats still can’t agree on why they lost the presidential election that was nine months ago. Nine months.
This happens in the workplace as well. With a change in leadership comes the inevitable plan of the new leader to erase or undo goals instituted by the previous leader. Even when those goals are still beneficial to the organization, they are tossed aside. In a matter of months, employees have no idea why they are doing what they are doing. Exhaustion and low morale creep in. Why? I believe we have a very human need (Maslow’s hierarchy) to follow a clear vision in order to be fulfilled in what we do.
People are protesting in the streets in pursuit to have these needs met. Unfortunately, there are group protests at extreme odds with each other. Employees forge similar protests in the form of tardiness, silence, and decrease in productivity. If you find yourself in a workplace without a vision, develop a personal vision that you can accomplish within the confines of the organization. Set out a new plan for your career goals. As a Heisman Trophy winner, Charlie Ward had visions of having a professional career in the NFL. When that vision did not become a reality, he forged a new vision and had a career as a professional athlete in the NBA. Be like Charlie Ward.