Shared Vision - Peter Senge from MIT Sloan

I wanted to share this video, because folks in the startup sphere often think as “leadership” as having vision. This was a different take on it. A few points:

  • I did not ask you to come up with some aspect of your vision that
    your partner would be inspired by.

    I didn’t ask you to come up with some aspect of your vision that they
    would connect to.

    I did not ask you to do anything for your partner. I just said talk
    about your vision.

    This is not a trivial point. This is one of the most important points
    to appreciate.

    When we are really ourselves. When we really connect with who we are
    and what we care about, and we have the confidence and the support to
    be forthright and honest, we find each other.

    We discover the innate commonalities in our aspirations. Carl Rogers
    once said, “that which is most personal is most universal”.

    If that were not the case, there would be no shared visions.

    When you really understand that, you get the foundation, the deep
    underpinning of shared visions.

    Now building shared visions involves more than this, but it always
    comes back to this. I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve seen so
    much money time energy money aspiration wasted by people trying to
    create a shared vision. And I say “Let the people talk to each

    You’re here busy trying to build a shared vision, but you’re turning
    your back on the very thing that will lead to shared visions, which
    is to create an environment where people can be continually
    reflection on what matters matters to them and be in conversations
    where they can connect with each other. And you will start to
    discover elements of the shared vision.

    There’s more to do, but it’s sort of like trying to build a house
    without building a foundation. This is the foundation.

wow i LOVE this. i love the idea that shared vision isn’t this static thing that you decide upon but that it’s an ongoing conversation, and more importantly, a space and a culture where that conversation can happen. thanks for posting VMG!

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@alex posted this video and his notes when we were talking about what “having vision” meant.

Especially when we’re talking about our organization and thinking about finding an ED candidate who has “vision” I found it useful to revise / reflect on that assumption. Vision is within us.

Can’t agree with that more. And implied by this is that when we change (when people come and go), that vision changes - that, or it is not a shared vision.