Although our class notes state that the vision component is not mandatory in the strategic-change cycle, an examination of the component shows how much of a role the proper vision can play in strategic management and change. “Strategic management is characterized as a long-term process for developing a continuing commitment to the mission and vision of an organization” (Choi, 2008, p. 1). This is due to the effect that the proper vision can play. “New leadership strategies are recommended that derive their power from effective strategies and the transformational power of a compelling vision” (Waugh & Streib, 2006, p. 131). FEMA lists the principles associated with their own vision; Comprehensive, Progressive , Risk-driven, Integrated, Collaborative, Coordinated, Flexible, and Professional (FEMA, 2007, p. 4)
In your opinion, what key desired outcomes should be considered when formulating a long-term vision in preparation for major natural disasters? Support your response with reasoning and examples.
There are two main outcomes that vision should contributes toward to the value in disaster planning; performance and goal identification within the organization. Bryson states that “deeply shared articulations of organizational identity through action-oriented mission and vision statements are clear contributors to performance” (2010, p. S263). Choi discusses the importance of goal identification, “Successful emergency management requires an effective leadership to establish an organizational mission and adopt new organizational changes and cultures” (2008, p. 10).