‘In what past situations have you shown most
evidence of visionary/strategic thinking?’
Vision is foresight. It’s looking at the horizon as opposed to the bottom line. Strategy on the other hand is positioning for the good of your objectives; being proactive. These two words are so different yet so meshed, they are like ones parents! Mum and Dad; Vision and Strategy!
When I first heard this question, I laughed! I tend to do that whenever I come across mind boggling statements. My first thought of an answer came inform of a song ; Morgan Heritage’s Nothing To Smile About! The dramatic route is always attractive to the mind! Anyway, I was puzzled. I asked one of my friends and they humorously said that the only time they thought they had shown visionary thinking was when they woke up at 4am to cram their notes before an exam! Their vision is that they didn’t want to fail!
As job hunters and/or young entrepreneurs, putting our spectacular thoughts into words can be a challenge at times. Here are a few suggestions that I think could help as possible forms of responses (in no particular order):
- Your decision to do that particular course. By choosing to pursue Business, Engineering, Architecture e.t.c., you had a reason/plan. If you don’t already have one, research and write them up. Be sure to include words like, Vision and Strategy! 🙂
- Taking up that leadership role in your community. Surely you had a plan for that move, right?
- Social Media Initiatives. Those charitable events or a causes you have helped hype through Facebook or Twitter.
- Mentorship. If you never thought of that friendship you have as mentorship, start doing so! If your friend is older, you are the mentee. If you are the older one, you are the mentor. It may not be as decorated as the mainstream mentorship but that advice you give or receive should never be in vain.
I’m sure there are more! Do share them with me here.
What’s awaiting us out in the world are situations that will test us and more often than not, what determines whether we emerge victorious is our power of being accurate discerners of our own capabilities. That’s our reality.