Do freelancers need a "company vision"?

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Opinion 1: Some people say that you (or your business) should have a vision you share with your employees, freelancers and team members.

That way, they will feel inspired and feel like they take part in a mission they need to accomplish.

Note: I'm not refering to whether you should have a vision for yourself or your business. I'm talking about the need to constantly communicate a vision with employees.

Opinion 2: Others say that employees and freelancers already have their own "visions" - which may include things like:
  • Do tasks they are skilled at.
  • Get paid fairly (or well).
  • Be able to pay their rent, food, clothing, gas, education, etc.
  • Be able to do things they enjoy like hobbies or spending time with their loved ones.
So, a "company vision" isn't necessary.

What do you think?
#company vision #freelancers
  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Originally Posted by perneali45 View Post

    Opinion 1: Some people say that you (or your business) should have a vision you share with your employees, freelancers and team members.

    That way, they will feel inspired and feel like they take part in a mission they need to accomplish.

    Note: I'm not refering to whether you should have a vision for yourself or your business. I'm talking about the need to constantly communicate a vision with employees.

    Opinion 2: Others say that employees and freelancers already have their own "visions" - which may include things like:
    • Do tasks they are skilled at.
    • Get paid fairly (or well).
    • Be able to pay their rent, food, clothing, gas, education, etc.
    • Be able to do things they enjoy like hobbies or spending time with their loved ones.
    So, a "company vision" isn't necessary.

    What do you think?

    Those things in your Opinion 2 list aren't vision.

    Recommend Vivid Vision by Cameron Herold.

    And this from Robert Kaplan (the KCL channel has surprisingly amazing speakers; I don't know how they do it)

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    • Profile picture of the author Matthew Stanley
      Fantastic video/talk. Prompted me to watch some of his other ones at "Talks at Google" and the like. Not only is his framework helpful for managing businesses, imo it's a solid filter for evaluating companies to potential invest in (not financial advice). Thinking of Disney, for example, compared to other companies in its category - the company vision and attendant laser focus on priorities seems quite a bit more clear/apparent. Their success with Disney Plus a natural byproduct of that...
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  • Profile picture of the author perneali45
    Thanks for the feedback, Jason!

    I checked out the awesome resources you mentioned. They are a great way to create a vision.

    My question still remains though. Is such a vision necessary to share with employees? Or is it like a "business plan" that mostly banks and investors care about?

    My confusion comes from the fact I have hired people who have done great work, without me sharing a vision with them. I just made sure to give them clear instructions and pay them as agreed.

    I guess the answer to my question may be "It depends on the employee, and the vision can't hurt."

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
      Originally Posted by perneali45 View Post

      Thanks for the feedback, Jason!

      I checked out the awesome resources you mentioned. They are a great way to create a vision.

      My question still remains though. Is such a vision necessary to share with employees? Or is it like a "business plan" that mostly banks and investors care about?

      My confusion comes from the fact I have hired people who have done great work, without me sharing a vision with them. I just made sure to give them clear instructions and pay them as agreed.

      I guess the answer to my question may be "It depends on the employee, and the vision can't hurt."

      Thanks!

      What did the Kaplan video tell you??
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      • Profile picture of the author perneali45
        Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

        What did the Kaplan video tell you??
        I feel the core message is that we need to ask:

        "Based on our strengths, how can we add value to others?"

        Then we need to focus on the top 3 priorities and go for it.
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  • In my humble opinion, it is more important to have your "why" first. Share that around in which it will lead you towards your vision.
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  • I think we do. It's just not something formal or detailed like those you see with businesses and organizations.
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  • As I understand 'em, visions arrive kinda unbidden.


    Prahblem then is ... what to do next.


    tbh scurryin' around to define vision prolly means you ain't seen nuthin' trooly inspirin' yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author nihitthakkar
    Hi!
    In my humble opinion, the company vision is required for the company's employees/freelancers to work together. If there is no vision the goals will be directionless to approach. But, if there is a proper vision of the company it will give access to employees/freelancers to accomplish the goals with the help of their skill set, and fulfilling their vision.
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  • Profile picture of the author tacassim
    what matters is you have a great pitch for your service that you offering. And why you do it. Everytme you speak to your employees, you are pitching them your vision anyways...
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  • Profile picture of the author M Sarker
    Yes, it is necessary.
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  • Profile picture of the author christinarobert
    In my opinion it depends if the freelancer plans on opening his own company later then a vision is suitable for them. If they do not plan to open a company then a they do not possess a clear vision since their goal would be to get paid and gain their skills for more reputation.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Starks
    I can think, We do, Please also share your opinion.
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    • Profile picture of the author achachaltahn
      Yes, we dont need a company vision, but a business mind should be. i would help to grow
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  • Profile picture of the author Amile
    Originally Posted by perneali45 View Post

    Opinion 1: Some people say that you (or your business) should have a vision you share with your employees, freelancers and team members.

    That way, they will feel inspired and feel like they take part in a mission they need to accomplish.

    Note: I'm not refering to whether you should have a vision for yourself or your business. I'm talking about the need to constantly communicate a vision with employees.

    Opinion 2: Others say that employees and freelancers already have their own "visions" - which may include things like:
    • Do tasks they are skilled at.
    • Get paid fairly (or well).
    • Be able to pay their rent, food, clothing, gas, education, etc.
    • Be able to do things they enjoy like hobbies or spending time with their loved ones.
    So, a "company vision" isn't necessary.

    What do you think?
    Company vision helps all the stakeholders understand the company direction and primary goals.
    If you don't communicate that vision effectively and constantly, you will undoubtedly have to address it when those same (perhaps uneducated) stakeholders do something that is not inline with your company vision.
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  • Profile picture of the author The Milk Man
    I think its less important than being skilled in your expertise and having great communication.
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