I’ve been thinking about the process of getting to there (my way of talking about vision or the preferred future). In the last two weeks I’ve been wrestling with the idea of where am I really; aware that without an accurate understanding of the present my journey to the preferred future will be tougher (if not impossible).
Wrestling the present includes not only untangling false assumptions but also identifying the truth. What could that be? Your strengths, assets, reputation, capabilities, personality…all the things that add up to you. This is helpful whether you’re talking about your organization or you personally. Either way, clarity on the present must precede any planning to reach the preferred future.
An important step in the process is some kind of 360 degree review, feedback from "subordinates, peers, and managers in the organizational hierarchy". Ever gotten that kind of feedback? What format have you used?