My husband and I are huge movie fans. When our children were younger, Saturday night was movie night in our house.
After dinner, our children would take their baths, grab their pillows and blankets, and settle into their spot in the family room to watch our weekly movie.
While my favorite movie genres are action and science fiction, when our children where young, we watched a lot of Disney movies. As they grew older, we moved from G-rated to PG-rated action and sci-fi films. One of the first action films we watched as a family was Mortal Kombat.
Based on our children’s response to Mortal Kombat, I knew they were ready for one of my personal favorite sci-fi series, Star Wars. I grew up on the original Star Wars trilogy. In fact, when Episode IV – A New Hope debuted, I thought it was the best sci-fi movie ever made.
Over the last 30 years, nine Star Wars films have hit the movie theaters. The franchise is a global phenomenon, which has generated spin-off films, animated shows, books, television series, video games, comic books, and theme park attractions.
But what makes Star Wars a fan favorite? Is it the cutting-edge technology used to bring unique characters to life? No! Is it big name stars? No! What makes the franchise successful is a compelling vision that inspires us.
While the story-line from Episode I through Episode IX has evolved over time, the vision of good overcoming evil has remained. The most successful component of the franchise is the diversity of the Rebel Alliance. The rebel force is composed of many species of aliens, who collaborate to defeat the Galactic Empire.
How did the leaders of the Rebel Alliance convince different aliens to come together to defeat a larger, better equipped force? They created a compelling vision which generated collaboration. Each member of the rebel force understood and embraced their role.
It is important that your team members align their efforts towards achieving the vision. Vince Lombardi said, “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
So, how do you build collaboration with your vision? The following five tips will help you build collaboration of your vision by others.
- Open and integrate communications
- Gather input from different stakeholders
- Enable people to work together to define their role
- Create mottoes, symbols, or awards to visualize the vision
- Model collaboration
Your goal as the leader is to build collaboration with your vision.
To achieve organization success, create a vision that inspires people to go beyond the boundaries and limitations of their past.
Are you building collaboration with your vision?
Dr. Kim Moore | Your Leadership Guide | kimdmoore.com
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