painting depicting the idea of multiple=I’m doing a program for the Oregon Organizational Development Network next week on Creating a Vision for Change. It’s got me thinking a lot about where the pitfalls are, both organizationally and personally.

Getting a clear vision of the desired future is easier for some people than others. There are a number of techniques that work pretty well, and I have found having people work with the VisualsSpeak imageset, most can come up with a vision of some kind.

Between now and then

The place that can be harder to work with is the space depicted in this painting. I’m standing in today, looking at the desired future state in the distance. There are lots of different paths I can take to get there. None of them look smooth or direct.

This is often the stage where it can become very difficult to stay in a visionary space. The tendency is to pop into problem solving. The challenge is I can really only see the problems of today, the problems of the future are speculative. I can spin out a lot of energy trying to avoid things that might happen. Even though if they did, the future will hold a myriad of different circumstances that could make those same things look very different (maybe not even be problems.)

Staying closer to now

Icreative every day find it helpful to separate solving the challenge of today from what I want long term. Not that there isn’t a relationship, it’s more that there is a time and place for everything. The clearer I am about the differences, the more effective my problem solving is for today, and the more compelling my vision is for the future.

What about you? How do you manage the space between now and then?


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  1. As a teaching of creative thinking skills, we do an exercise where we write the words “How Might We …” on the board. We use this to brainstorm possible questions. Framing the right question – not too big, not too small, is often what I seek to consider the long term. More and more however, as an artist, as part of a growing family, and as a woman in a complex world, I try to live in the present. I have learned that no matter how well I plan, envision, prepare, the future has a way of surprising me – in ways both wonderful and awful.

  2. As a teaching of creative thinking skills, we do an exercise where we write the words “How Might We …” on the board. We use this to brainstorm possible questions. Framing the right question – not too big, not too small, is often what I seek to consider the long term. More and more however, as an artist, as part of a growing family, and as a woman in a complex world, I try to live in the present. I have learned that no matter how well I plan, envision, prepare, the future has a way of surprising me – in ways both wonderful and awful.

    • Yes, this emerges more and more for me as time goes on. There is a tension between a group wanting clear measurable goals and helping them construct a dynamic space where something even more could occur. So many opportunities can be missed if I so attached to what I thought I wanted. And then there are those continual ‘life lessons’ that emerge in day to day life.

  3. I really like this – great style and design

  4. I really like this – great style and design

  5. oh, i know this space well! great depiction of it, christine!

  6. oh, i know this space well! great depiction of it, christine!


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