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We have confirmed our sponsors and ministry alliances today. There will be a coalition of churches in Menifee and Hemet California that will partner with Second Chance Alliance to perform evangelistic outreach and prison ministry in the inland empire. This meeting opened a vast amount of resources for us to make the public aware of our vision to empower our communities with assistance with re-entry services and disciple making for the Kingdom of God.
We’ve all been there. The business announces an exciting new project. You organize an implementation team. The team’s excited, the kick-off is great, the first stand-up meetings rock. Then, fast forward three months and the team is struggling. Decision makers are hard to find or uninvolved in the day-to-day. Business decisions still haven’t been made. Stakeholders are fighting for their political ‘must haves’ that were hardly mentioned at the start.
What happened? This is a team that was not set up to succeed at the start of the project.
When we talk about “setting up teams to succeed — from the start,” we mean it is crucial to build a common vision of project success. This is the strongest kind of business alignment there is. The better job we do on this, the better chance a project has to succeed.
Hanging on by a single thread?
Building common vision is like creating a shipyard rope. When you manufacture rope, you first spin fibers into yarns. Next, the yarns are formed into strands by twisting. Finally, you intertwine those strands further to create — Voila! — rope.
An individual fiber is easily broken when you pull it hard. Strands, while stronger, can be easily cut. By the time you have transformed those same strands into rope, however, you have created something exponentially stronger, capable of towing ships thousands of tons in weight.
A project vision owned by one person is like that individual strand. It is vulnerable to the stresses of the “project shipyard.” One person’s project vision doesn’t benefit from the diverse knowledge and perspectives brought by team members from different organizational areas. And, if that single person is absent, progress slows and decisions get second-guessed.
Compared with teams unified by a clear, common understanding of project goals, single-vision projects often miss key requirements, suffer from unpredictable project rhythms and often have difficulty adapting to change. Therefore, it is vital that the project sponsor actively engage with the team to help them take ownership for the project vision.
The strength is in the twisting
When done well, the process of building common vision meshes a team’s understanding of the initiative into a single narrative. This collaboration creates a clear story line that both leadership and team grasp because they all contribute to it. Because the vision belongs to the team, team members remind each other and reinforce the project “raison d’être,”(the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence)while overcoming the real world challenges that all projects encounter.
The process of building common vision encourages clarity and a consensus view of project success. For this reason, building a shipyard-tough project vision usually includes structured face-to-face discussions that ensure the tough questions are asked. Those most affected by the decisions can contribute their perspectives. The decisions the team makes based on these talks drive downstream requirements.
This is why we say building common vision is the best kind of alignment. Common vision connotes collaboration and transformation. For example, front-line staffers learn and internalize the reasons why the project exists in the first place. Abstract-thinking managers learn about probable customer or quality side effects of their envisioned change. Specialists contribute little-known knowledge that can make the difference between successful adoption and user avoidance.
Even the hard-driving project sponsor becomes sensitized to important nuances he may have overlooked. Together, team members work through and address each obstacle. The give and take builds a bond. The experience transforms the group in a way not easily replicated by going straight to the details of written requirements.
Is your project shipyard tough?
Ask these questions and you’ll know:
- Has the project sponsor set out clear “must do” business outcomes for the project?
- Have business members of the team articulated a vision of project success in non-technical language?
- If you ask three project members to define the project’s success criteria, do you get the same answer?
- Does the business understand what they are getting in a way that gives them insight into progress?
- Has the business sponsor actively worked with the project team to discuss and address challenges and obstacles they see in achieving the project’s purpose?
The team with a strong common vision, like the shipyard rope, is resilient because its diverse interwoven strands bring the strength of diversity, but ultimately twist tightly in the same direction. Many strands melded into one become a strong, durable force for achieving a successful outcome.
Second chance Alliance has asked the tough questions for the overall project and we have asked the tough questions about short term projects for the coming months. We will be working in Beaumont Ca, with Our greenhouse and garden project at the Ray Strebe Center (home of Pass Resource Center and the Beaumont work center) – has blossomed this year and is now a small nursery offering over 32 varieties of tomatoes including black, green, yellow and orange tomato plants. The purpose of this endeavor is to raise public awareness about healthy eating and to present to the public our “Brand”. We will also be heading up a health clinic and free grooming and clothing outreach with ‘The Rock” church in Hemet and Riverside at Fairmount park in April and May for more information stay tuned to our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MayandAaronSecondchancealliance.
There is also in the planning a revival to offer families the opportunity to link up with our vision as volunteers and disciples for the common cause to build community and to advance the building up of the kingdom of God. We will be looking for professionals in the Mental Health field and substance abuse. We have a vast amount of early child care development specialist coming out of the Corner Stone church and the Rock church, but we desire community involvement with the same opportunities our partners and sponsors have aligned themselves with.
We will also be heading up a Community Culture consideration initiative that will offer our young adults the platform to speak out about what keeps them from engaging the ministry for support and family ties. All that participate will receive a twenty five dollar gift card to Target and a Second Chance Alliance tee-shirt or hat. The picture above will be used on the flyers. Please pray our strength and successful outcomes with all our ministerial aspirations.