3 Steps to Build a Team to Support your Group Practice Vision

By Maureen Werrbach, LCPC on April 23, 2024

Beyond the daily grind of meetings, tasks, and deadlines, what truly binds your team together? It's your vision: the guiding light that illuminates your group practice's purpose and significance, present and future. This vision becomes the backbone of your Mission, Vision, and Values (M/V/V), shaping how your team operates and thrives.

But how do you, as a leader, transition from the day-to-day to the visionary? Ask yourself these crucial questions:

  • What does a visionary look like to you?
  • How will you utilize your time differently than you currently are?
  • What work excites you?
  • What goals do you aim for in the next 1-3 months?
  • How will your visionary role impact the practice?
  • Where do you envision your business in 3-5 years?

Embracing your visionary role requires proactive steps. Here are 3 key moves to build a team that supports your group practice vision:

  1. Define Your Visionary Role. Typically the Visionary Role will:
    • Champion the vision: Articulate your vision clearly and consistently, inspiring your team to connect with its purpose.
    • Generate new ideas: Foster a culture of innovation, encouraging your team to contribute fresh perspectives and solutions.
    • Keep a pulse on the industry: Stay informed about industry trends and developments, ensuring your vision remains relevant and competitive.
    • Research and development: Invest in research and development initiatives that support your vision's long-term success.
    • Set company culture: Cultivate a positive and productive work environment aligned with your vision and values.
    • Thought leadership: Establish yourself as a thought leader in your field, attracting clients and talent while solidifying your vision's authority.
    • Big partnerships: Seek strategic partnerships that amplify your reach and accelerate your vision's realization.

  2. Look Ahead — Delegate and Empower:
    • Identify tasks for delegation: Analyze your current workload and identify tasks that can be efficiently delegated to capable team members.
    • Focus on visionary work: Free yourself from tasks that no longer align with your visionary role, prioritizing activities that drive your M/V/V forward.
    • Build your leadership team: Assemble a team of like-minded individuals who share your vision and possess the skills to manage the business as you envision it.
    • Create a transition timeline: Develop a phased plan for gradually shifting responsibilities, allowing both you and your team to adapt smoothly.
    • Accountability and goals: Implement accountability measures and clear goals to ensure your team operates effectively under the new structure.

  3. Trust in Leadership Share and Collaborate:
    • Share authority: Empower your leadership team to make decisions and act independently within the framework of your vision and values.
    • M/V/V transparency: Ensure your team thoroughly understands your practice's M/V/V and their impact on daily operations.
    • Regular leadership meetings: Maintain open communication with your leadership team through regular meetings and updates.
    • Embrace workplace shifts: Acknowledge that transitioning to a visionary leadership model will involve changes within the workplace.
    • Feedback culture: Foster a culture of open and honest feedback, welcoming feedback from your team both during and after the transition.

Building a team that supports your group practice vision is an ongoing process. By embracing these steps and nurturing a culture of collaboration and trust, you can empower your team to realize your shared vision and lead your group practice to new heights.

Remember, the journey to becoming a visionary is not a solo act. It's about building a team that believes in your vision as much as you do, and working together to translate that vision into reality.

Ready to take the leap? Start the conversation with your team today!

* The content of this post is intended to serve as general advice and information. It is not to be taken as legal advice and may not account for all rules and regulations in every jurisdiction. For legal advice, please contact an attorney.


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