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Budget Driven vs. Vision Driven

For Impact Ideas | | Nick Fellers

Just got off the phone with an org that impacts individuals and familes affected by mental health.

The VP had a great line, “We’ve always been in the habit of making decisions based on the budget. Now that we have that stablized we need to figure out how to make decisions based on the vision.”

I had the chance to meet this organization over office hours a few weeks ago:

  • Two years ago new leadership came on board. They spent two years just ‘doing the math’.
  • There IS a vision. That is, the organization is clearly moving in a great direction. It’s simply never stopped to articulate that vision and get consensus around that vision.
  • Now have the math, great people… limited only by clarity at top level and 2-3 strategic priorities.

It’s a good thing when you can move from budget driven to vision driven.

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