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What tasks or projects on your current employment lead to the realization of the vision ?

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Todd’s Answer

First you need have clarity on what the vision is. Visions are either work streams or much broader. In the specifics of work stream its important to break out the tasks required. In consulting we call it our methodology. The vision is your north star. How do you break down the tasks and specifically within your role moves the you towards working towards that goal. Make sure that there is clear ownership of that north star and breaking out that task. Tasks that help enable the organization or to advance the skills of the organization that help move you towards that vision. To complete the vision it requires everyone completing their tasks to achieve that north star!

Good luck and make sure to have some fun while doing it! trailhead.com
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V’s Answer

Wow - first of all, congratulations for asking a thoughtful question ! Also second of all - very nice to ask a relevant question in a non-obtrusive way! I am really impressed.

Now to the answer - One of the privileges of working for a company like AT&T is we only work on projects that can realize a specific business benefit and that too quickly. Our whole company has shifted to agile mindset and we are all about fail fast and succeed quickly. Personally, all I have worked on in my entire career at AT&T was to realize business benefits. I do not recall any work that did not do that. So this is a very regular occurrence for me personally. It also is one of the joys of working - if you ask me! E.g. I am currently working on projects that will support 5G launch and roll out. Before that, we enabled software defined networking roadmap for AT&T. My list can be very long so stopping here.

Do keep asking questions and great job again in taking that first step!
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Gaby’s Answer

Tasks that help lead to vision are: Defining the product, working with next generation roadmap, meet with customers, read on new technology and directions, develop patents.
However, vision is a talent, it something that burn inside you. It can be developed and approved with the above tasks
Defining the product, working with next generation roadmap, meet with customers, read on new technology and directions, develop patents,/

Good luck,
Gaby
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Dey'ja,

I am almost tempted to say all at Dell. Every year, we go through a process called strategy cascade that starts from Michael Dell and cascade to each level of the companies. He sets his objectives, then his direct reports set their objectives to match Michael's one and so on up to me.
So every projects that we do are related to the general vision of the company, and it is your manager's duty to make sure you understand how.

So every time we finish something, we know we made a step forward to the vision of the company on the short, medium and/or long term. And that does include ethics and compliance and so on. It is not just technical.

I worked for other companies when answering this question would have been less obvious.
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Bernadette’s Answer

Hello Dey'ja,

I agree with everyone else, what a great question! My work at Verizon is focused on looking forward and how to do things more efficiently. As we determine items we need to work on, we look to produce flexible solutions that try to predict where a solution may evolve and design with that mindset.

Wishing you the best in all you pursue!!

Bernadette
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Kelly’s Answer

Hey Dey'ja,

I'm not 100% sure I know exactly what you're looking for, however, I can tell you that specific types of "mental models" are really helpful in realizing a business vision working for a Fortune 500 Corporation. I would say that something that I find really helpful in working on projects is Lean Project Management or just Project Management concepts in general.

I would suggest going to www.udemy.com or to LinkedIn Learning and taking a course or two on Lean Project Management and it will help you to learn some Project Management basics (Udemy is probably cheaper and you keep the course as long as you have the membership.)

Also, you are apt to find a lot of Project Management courses that are geared toward Software Design/ Development but don't let that discourage you if you don't work in a tech field. Try to find Lean concepts for whatever industry that you may be interested by doing a Google search for that information and see what you come up with (let's say you want to find Lean Project Management for Call Centers - search with those keywords and see what you find.) Additionally, finding a person who is willing to mentor you in an industry by going on LinkedIn to locate that person would help you tremendously.

I hope this helps!

Kelly Albright
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