BreakThroughs For The Integrator
The visionary is the big picture thinker, and usually the person who had the idea for the company. As an Integrator, you are probably trying to take the chaotic big picture thoughts and create some order out of them. Most of your day is probably spent solving conflicts, removing obstacles, using practical steps to implement plans, and possibly butting heads with the Visionary. This is not because a Visionary and Integrator should not be working with one another. Quite the opposite, actually. It is precisely because you and your Visionary need one another to really be able to take the business to the next level.
Challenges of an Integrator
As an Integrator, you are working under a Visionary who sees things on a big picture level and while their gifts are important and powerful there are some challenges that come when a visionary leads the company without an integrator bringing balance to their approach. Below are some common challenges:
- Organizational whiplash – One of the unique abilities of the typical visionary is their ideas. Some visionaries can have as many as 20 ideas a week. Some may be good ideas and most not so much. If the organization has not been sheltered from this steady flow of ideas, it can cause frustration, as the employees are never certain of where they are going, because it keeps changing all the time.
- Getting on the same page – Visionaries can be hard to nail down. They tend to be very busy and have many things on the go. Therefore, it can be hard to get them to commit to regular meetings, in order to stay on the same page with them.
- Letting go of the vine – If your visionary has carried the full weight of the organization for a long time, it can be very hard for them to let go of control. This can create a bottleneck that holds the company back, as everyone must go through them for the big and even small decisions.
Your role is very challenging, but an extremely important one. It can often be lonely, even though you have a hand in virtually every aspect of the business. Taking control of your role as an Integrator may be very difficult depending on the business model in which you are working and the desire for growth and change your Visionary (and you) have. It is absolutely possible for you to work well together and for the two of you together to take the business to the next level, but you have to be willing to change perspective and see things from each other’s points of view.
Overcoming the Challenges
The fact is, though, a company needs both a strong Visionary and Integrator and in order to make this possible, the challenges you are facing have to be overcome.
You are the filter – Your visionary’s ideas are a strength, but they have to be filtered and this is where you come in. You have a different gift and your gift is logic and reason. You need to be the filter that sorts out the ideas that the visionary comes up with to determine which ones are implemented now, which should be implemented later and which are just a straight-up no. The rest of the organization should only hear about the ideas that will be implemented now and must be sheltered from the rest, to avoid organizational whiplash.
Build the meeting pulse – Staying on the same page as a V/I Duo and as a leadership team is crucial. It is the one thing that will reap the most results. You must be the driving force behind consistent regular and effective meetings. Your visionary likely hates being in meetings because they feel like a waste of time. You must become an expert in running effective meetings and ensure that they happen.
Help your visionary let go – There are many ways to help your visionary let go. One is having a really strong scorecard that helps them stay informed. One is ensuring that the visionary is kept informed on the things that matter most to him/her. For them, no news is not good news. If they know everything is under control without them, it will make it much easier to let go.
If you’re doing these (If you want to learn more click here), you will start to see the incredible impact that you can have on your organization and your visionary will begin to really trust you and empower you even more.
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