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Making Vision Stick (Leadership Library) Hardcover – July 30, 2007
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From the Back Cover
A vision. You as a leader may have it, but has your organization caught it? If a leader's vision is all about what could be and what should be, why are you buried under what is?
Noted author and pastor Andy Stanley points out that if followers don't get the vision, it's because the leaders haven't delivered it. He reveals the three reasons vision doesn't stick. And then he delivers three ways to make vision stick, to make you a leader worth following:
1. Cast vision strategically: defining your vision.
2. Celebrate vision systematically: regularly rejoicing in the successes
3. Live your vision continuously: putting your vision into practice in your own life
With Making Vision Stick, you'll learn how to propel you and your organization forward on the vision God has granted you.
About the Author
Communicator, author, and pastor Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995. Today, NPM consists of six churches in the Atlanta area and a network of more than 70 churches around the globe that collectively serve nearly 118,000 people weekly.
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, which delivers over seven million messages each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; Visioneering; and Next Generation Leader, he is considered one of the most influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
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Here are the key learnings:
- State the vision
- Cast the vision to the community
- Repeat it as often as possible to reinforce it
- Celebrate the wins
- Embrace it - your vision must be part of you
Here are a few other notable quotes from the book:
- "Vision is about what could be and should be, but life is about right this minute"
- "If the followers don’t get it, we probably haven’t delivered the vision in a way that makes it get-able."
- "If your target audience doesn’t know what’s at stake, the vision will never stick."
- "What is the need or problem my vision addresses? and What will happen if those needs or problems continue to go unaddressed?"
- "Vision should evoke emotion.And it’s difficult to evoke emotion with an e-mail or a letter."
- "We all need to be reminded why we are doing what we are doing. We need to be reminded what’s at stake. We need to be reminded of the vision. And we need it more often than most leaders realize."
These are just a few of the things you will learn from this book. I took so many notes from this short book that will help me with my upcoming vision casting. If you are in a leadership position or you have a message to get out, then this book is for you.
What makes this book good is that:
1. You can read it in 30mins
2. It's a great summary of all the key components for communicating vision covered in Andy's Visioneering book.
3. It's really small and therefore portable and easy to pass out to your staff or leadership team.
Great little book. Highly recommend it. (but NOT in place of Visioneering of course)
God brings along books to me as well that are priceless. The latest book is Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley. Having only read one other book by Stanley (Visioneering) -- and that was years ago -- I approached this book without much bias or even expectation.
Yet I would highly recommend this short book. He recommends three ways to help vision stick:
* Cast vision strategically: defining your vision
* Celebrate vision systematically: regularly rejoicing in the successes
* Live your vision continuously: putting your vision into practice in your own life.
He goes on to note how the vision statement for the church must be simple and memorable. He notes how it is better to have vision statement simple and incomplete rather than complete but too long to remember. It is up to the leader to help those following him to see the vision the leader has embraced.
Does anyone know if North Point achieved the 5/50/10 vision? If they didn't, I'd love to hear how they handled not reaching it.
I am leading an initiative at work, and this book served as a great reminder of what I need to do to help us refocus on our vision. I appreciate the short chapters and clear writing.