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Why Vision Bearers Must Work in Teams And How to Choose Your Teammates

December 15, 2017

I just finished reading my DISC Index report. DISC assesses our behavioural style based on how Decisive, Interactive, Stabilizing and Cautious we are. It looks at “how you tend to approach problems and make decisions”; “how you tend to interact with others and share opinions”; “how you tend to pace things in your environment” and; “your preference for established protocol/standards”.

In a text conversation about my DISC report, a friend of mine asked me whether the assessment was helpful and I told her that, “[It] consistent with who I know myself to be; strengths and weaknesses; interests and preferences […] I will keep returning to it so that I can work it to my development and positioning.”

After the message exchange, I was reflecting on how my personal preferences  sounded like Jeremiah’s assignment when God told him in Jeremiah 1:10:

“See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant”

God told Jeremiah that He had put His words in Jeremiah’s mouth to do these things. Jeremiah was custodian of God’s Word and as He declared it forth, the Word would, in due season, have the effect Jeremiah prophesied.

From verse 11 to 19 of Jeremiah 1, God asks Jeremiah what he sees and then confirms that Jeremiah does in fact see correctly then, God proceeds to give Jeremiah an interpretation of what he sees regarding events that are yet to come.

Why Vision Bearers Must Work in Teams

For our purposes, Jeremiah is the Vision Bearer. He has a Word from God for his sphere of influence and he shares this Word with the people God has sent him to. However, this revealed Word does not make things happen by itself. Once Jeremiah plays his role of communicating the vision, somebody else or several somebody elses, will have to catch the vision and run with it.

As God told Habakkuk in Habakkuk 2:2

“Write the vision
And make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it [or whoever reads it may run with it – to execute it]”

Let me put it all together: You have a vision for your family, business, organisation, community, nation, continent, world. But just because you are the Vision Bearer, does not mean you will be the sole Vision Executor.

As He did with Habakkuk, God tells you to share your vision with others. Why? Because when you want to execute a vision, you will realise that there are many different aspects to its implementation. These different aspects will need to be managed by people with different types of personalities, abilities and behaviours. You will need teammates to assume different roles, according to the vision you seek to implement.

From Adam and Eve to the apostles and early church, we see God’s vision being distributed to people who collaborate different strengths to bring it to pass.

How to Choose Your Teammates

So, how do you choose your teammates?

Your vision, mission, values and goals guide your strategy (refer to previous posts: Write Down Your Vision, Embarking on Your Mission, Set Your Values, Maximise Strengths and Manage Weaknesses). Your strategy will inform the roles and competencies (knowledge, skills, attitude) you need in your teammates. You can then recruit and allocate work to those who fit the profiles you seek.

Let’s use the DISC Assessment to look at the kind of competencies a team needs:

1. Decisive

High: You will need people who are ready to take risks in unknown situations to solve problems quickly and assertively.

Low: You also need people who take time to assess a new situation and be more controlled and organized in decision-making.

Where in the organization you put which person will influence whether or not your team will be agile and able to seize opportunities and quash threats or, more stable and perhaps static and predictable in its position.

Your vision and the different stages of its execution will influence whether you need highly or lowly Decisive teammates.

2. Interactive

High: There are roles for outgoing, gregarious and socially assertive behavior even when meeting new people.

Low: You may also have roles that require more reserved and controlled behaviour when interacting with new people (although, they may be talkative with friends and acquaintances).

Whether your vision requires meeting new people and soliciting their buy-in or being cautious in new terrain so as to protect the vision, will tell you which type of behaviours you need in teammates.

3. Stabilizing

High: Key to these people is stability, routine and predictability in work environment and relationships.

Low: Flexibility, freedom of expression, an unstructured work environment and spontaneity is preferred by these teammates.

You will emphasise either High or Low levels of Stabilizing behaviour in teammates depending on what you need done to drive the vision. For example, do you seek dynamism and pump or control and predictability in teammates in this work function?

4. Cautious

High: Cautious teammates tend to adhere to rules and procedures set by those they respect to be in authority over them and, expect the same of others.

Low: People with a Low score on the Cautious behavioural style operate independently and around rules if it serves to deliver on objectives.

Depending on the work function and the culture you seek to cultivate, you will draw on people who exercise greater or lesser caution.

Without prejudice to or comparison with the scores on the other three behavioural styles, for example, you might want the leaders in charge of driving the vision to score high on Decisive, that is, be able to take calculated risks and make good decisions on the go. You might require the teams driving sales and or marketing to score high on Interactive, being dynamic, personable and outgoing. A high score on Stabilizing may be your preference for those in production as this would mean that they seek greater stability and predictability in their work. And you would expect your finance team to have a high Cautious score because this will mean that they will exhibit caution, control and strict adherence to rules and regulations.

Your vision carries many aspects which require different roles for successful execution. There is no question that you will need teammates to “run” with your vision. The type of teammates you will need, however, depends on the role they are to play, individually and together, in the strategy, stage and context in which you are executing your vision.


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