Thursday, February 10, 2011

When Worlds Collide

Shelley Dunstone

The first ingredient in creating a business vision was “imagination”.

The second ingredient is “worldview”.

As the name implies, your worldview is the way you see the world. It refers to the framework or “filter” of ideas and beliefs through which you interpret the world and interact with it; the assumptions you make about people and things. Your worldview influences the way you think and behave. It’s your philosophy of life.

A worldview is an individual thing. Everyone’s worldview is different, because everyone is the product of a different culture, personality, upbringing, education, employment and other experiences.

A worldview is an unconscious thing – it’s so much a part of you, that you’re unaware of it.

Your belief regarding what is true or possible is largely determined by your worldview. You may think something is impossible, whereas someone else will see the same thing as easily achievable.

To challenge your own worldview, contrast it with the worldviews of other people. The more diverse the group, the more diverse the input to the business vision. The broader the questions and the discussion, the more your worldview will be challenged, and the more innovative the vision will become.

Conversely, the more you live within your own view of the world, the more limited the vision will be.

Involve more people, and more diverse people, in the process for developing a business vision. Allowing your worlds to collide helps you break with precedent, to build a vision for the future.

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