Regardless of the size of YOUR organization, when a company as big as Microsoft changes its vision statement, perhaps it’s time for you to revisit yours?
For the sake of comparison, here’s last year’s version:
“Our strategic vision is to compete and grow as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”
In the new company annual report, which was released August 2, 2017:
“Our strategic vision is to compete and grow by building best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with AI.”
Gone is the “mobile-first and cloud-first world” mantra.
In doing so, Microsoft just named artificial intelligence as one of its top priorities in the company’s 2017 annual report, which now includes six references to AI, up from zero in the previous annual report.
Why should this be important to you?
Isn’t it time you revisited your organization’s vision statement?
These questions can help to develop a concise statement of vision, which requires answering:
A. What do we want to be “best at”? What is our passion? What competence do we want to build?
B. What will make us different than everyone else? How will that difference be measured?
C. How far do we want to go – and by when?
D. What broad change themes will we need to invest in to pursue this vision?