With the permission of Mike and Mark, I would like to pose a question for discussion. First and foremost, I am in my graduate program in Nursing Leaderhsip, but also a member of MT's. I am also a strong candidate for a management position in the hosptial I work for.
If any of you have read "The Leader's Shadow" by Judge (1999), you may have the answers to help. But I am looking for a broad array of responses.
[b]The Question[/b]: [i]Vision statements are popular and ubiquitious in organizations today; however, very few employees know or care about these vision statements. Why do you think that this is so?[/i]
My first response would be that employee are not taking their jobs seriously anymore. Why, I don't have the answer for this. I would speculate that the majority of individuals may read the vision statement and put them in the back of their mind maybe because the organization does portray what they are trying accomplish or further "Hardwire" what there mission, vision, or values are.
I know that in my organization, these are posted, and are also now incorporated in the annual reviews. They are also incorporated into the strategic objectives of the organization. Our overall vision for my healthcare institution is to be a [u][b]World-Class Healthcare Provider[/b][/u]. You can see these on our website: www.pvhs.org. PVHS is a Magnet facility, and a Malcom Baldridge candidate. We have already had one site visit with a potential visit in October. Will keep you posted.
I would like to hear from other managers about why they think this is an issue and what if anything have you done to help.