Vision Setting Training

Lee Roulston

By Lee Roulston, Thinka Co-founder,
17 May 2024

Thinka’s ‘Inspire Vision’ Workshop

Everyone has the potential to be a charismatic leader with a big vision – one that makes a team sit and up and listen. Give your team a glimpse of the future by reading trends and applying skills in strategic foresight. And remember that vision is equal parts optimism and realism – execution is just as important as the idea. The commitment to produce something tangible is what makes vision more than a pipe dream.

What you’ll explore

  • Strategic foresight and reading trends
  • The power of divergent thinking
  • Communicating a vision to the team
  • Converging on execution strategies
  • Experimentation and the role of failure

What you’ll apply

  • Skills in applying strategic foresight
  • Divergent and convergent thinking
  • Presentation skills for ‘painting a picture’
  • Strategies for taking action and execution
  • Learning through experiments and ‘failing’
Workshop Purpose

The ability to set a clear vision and inspire people elevates a leader’s communication skills. Some of the best leaders have been visionary leaders who are skilled in getting buy-in and communicating a vision to their team. When leaders establish a clear vision statement, they are better able to present the big picture to stakeholders and empower their teams. The purpose of this workshop is to help leaders feel confident to use a more visionary leadership style and achieve better outcomes with their teams and stakeholders.

Working with organisations across Australia, we know that communication is the #1 skill sought after by leaders and teams. Here are some reasons why being able to communicate vision is essential in modern workplaces:

  1. Increased stakeholder engagement: Leaders are managing more complex networks than ever before in this highly connected, digitised world. Leaders will will need to communicate the big picture and encourage stakeholders to invest in a shared vision. Working across these large stakeholder networks is made easier with visionary techniques. 
  2. Rise of ‘human skills’: More and more, organisations are helping leaders develop both technical skills and soft skills. Leaders with strong communication skills, who can positively influence others and earn the team’s respect, are in demand. Visionary strategies will help leaders connect their team to goals and aims, increasing employee engagement. 
  3. Technology and rise of AI: Advancements in technology and the way we work will automate more manual work, changing job roles and what organisations consider valuable. Leaders with a visionary leadership style, who can drive organisational innovation and change, will become increasingly desirable. 
  4. Complex world of work: Living in a ‘VUCA’ (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) environment means that leaders will need to give confidence and assurance to their teams constantly. Visionary and transformational leadership styles help leaders present a clearer picture for their teams so they understand the organisation’s vision of the future. 
  5. Role clarity: Because the lines are more blurred in modern workplaces, employees will continually need role clarity and to understand their part in organisation’s vision. Good communication skills give leaders an edge in dealing with conversations related to role clarity and finding agreement on tasks – so outcomes can be achieved.

Overall, skills in communicating a compelling vision can help leaders navigate these challenges and develop greater self-confidence. With Thinka’s ‘Inspire Vision’ Training, coaching sessions, and support from peers, leaders can engage in more effective leadership and present the big picture with ease.

Workshop Benefits

With the help of this training, fundamentals that leaders can put in place to enhance capability include:

  1. Storytelling: When leaders can use different storytelling techniques, they are able to communicate information to others in compelling ways. This style of leadership communication helps to inspire and drive others to action – leading to enhanced employee engagement.
  2. Communication: Leaders who can apply effective visionary skills are better able to appeal to different communication styles. Leaders can flex and adapt communication techniques to the situation at hand and get greater buy-in on initiatives. 
  3. Self-confidence: New situations, projects and ever-changing work environments call for strong and positive influence from leaders. They are better equipped to support team members when they have skills to communicate a compelling vision and an ability to relate to others. 
  4. Relationship building: With emotional intelligence and visionary techniques, leaders build positive, healthy relationships with others. Leaders can improve this by being across the latest insights, developing skills in adaptability, and flexing across different communication styles. 
  5. Team motivation: When leaders communicate initiatives in a positive way while considering others and their contribution, they get better buy-in. Leaders can build this this capability by making sure a vision feels as though it can be shared and that it has appeal for a broader audience.

By developing capability in vision setting, leaders can grow their influence and inspire action on initiatives to achieve greater outcomes.

Workshop FAQs

What is ‘Inspire Vision’ training?

This workshop is specifically designed for leaders to develop leadership skills in visionary communication. It aims to provide learners with the strategies, tools and resources to apply their learning and lead with greater confidence. Our experienced facilitators have worked with many Australian leaders on vision and storytelling skills and will share case studies and stories to help your leaders.

Why should my organisation offer ‘Inspire Vision’ training?

Vision setting training can help your leaders become more influential and get buy-in on new organisational initiatives. It can also help leaders break through barriers to grow capability in sophisticated communication skills. The workshop experience is designed to help leaders learn from each other and build connections that can be sustained in the real-world.

Who can attend ‘Inspire Vision’ Training?

This training is designed for leaders. The skills we focus on helps leaders understand storytelling and persuasion skills, so they can confidently put forward a compelling vision. However, this training can be easily customised for team members or executive groups as well.

Is ‘Inspire Vision’ training only available in person?

This training can be delivered in an in-person workshop or as online training; depending on the organisation’s set-up. It is typically made up of strategies, discussions and a series of activities to support on the job application.

The training can be complemented with coaching sessions with a Thinka coach. Coaching plays an important role in challenging old behaviours and building fresh confidence and capability in each of the participants.

The three parts of a vision: ‘resilience, inclusion and service’ was a great take away from this workshop. We will use this in future teamwork.

Inspire Vision participant, PHD

Workshop Outline

Delivery Options

In Person Workshop

Virtual Workshop

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Key Outcomes

1. Leaders who can apply skills in strategic foresight.

2. Leaders who can flex and apply different thinking styles.

3. Leaders who can build a vision based on research and thought.

4. Leaders who know how to communicate their vision.

5. Leaders who can test and see their vision into execution.

Target Audience


Learning Approach

Experiential and application based learning

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Our in-person workshops maximise opportunities for robust conversation, experiential activities and intensive group work. This is no ‘death by PowerPoint’ experience – our facilitators are skilled in presenting and leading immersive experiences that get the most out of people. Supported by multimedia, attractive takeaway pages and practical strategies for using back on the job – our in-person workshops build a formidable bridge between exploration and application. We have a 10 person minimum for an in person workshop.

Our virtual workshops breathe fresh life into the online experience with their almost ‘radio show’ feel. Our expert facilitators use a combination of multimedia, questioning techniques and break out activities to target micro-skills – with a focus on application. Supported by an online platform hosting custom-built workshop materials, participants can be assured of a lively, dynamic session that has a distinct bias to action. We have a 6 person minimum for a virtual workshop.
This audience includes executive leaders who are driving the more visionary and strategic areas of the business. The skills are geared toward building capability in innovation, operationalising strategy and working with ‘middle management’ to cascade information. Leaders must be advanced in their development to truly benefit from working with these skills.

Thinka believes that every learner needs to walk away being able to do something differently once they’ve engaged in a learning solution. The real power is in every individual applying their learning. Our behaviour-based methods, supported by the latest research, are key to making the steps for change relevant and realistic.

Thinka supports with methods like storytelling, experiential activities or rich questioning, but ultimately, we know the integration between solution and real world is the most crucial part of the learning experience. That is why we look for ways to ‘build a bridge’ between the solution we provide and what happens back out on the job.

Whether it’s an application template, a set of strategies, some tips or a ‘how to’ model – we work hard to provide every learner with not just information but the tools they need to make a real difference.