In October, Hal and I had the opportunity to speak about our Visionary/Integrator (V/I) relationship on VoiceAmerica’s radio program “Operationally Speaking” with Sergiu Simmel. It was a chance to explain our unique roles at Trilogy Partners as well as showcase the benefits of having a Visionary and Integrator within a company.
The terms Visionary and Integrator are used in the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS®) and are also explained in Gino Wickman and Mark C. Winters’ book Rocket Fuel. Visionaries, generally business owners like Hal, are creative, big thinking, idea generators while Integrators like me are analytical, process oriented and drivers of the day-to-day operations. Integrators are responsible for implementing the ideas of the Visionary.
A valuable aspect of this relationship is its complimentary yin-yang dynamic. To put it simply, Visionaries and Integrators have opposing points of view because of their inherent “wiring”. This healthy conflict enhances an organization since perspective on issues broadens. When the V/I partnership is in sync, more robust resolutions formulate and, under the direction of the Integrator, lead to realistic goal setting, positive results and ultimately traction.
We at Trilogy have seen many Visionaries who have tried to fill both roles. While not impossible, we strongly recommend having a V/I partnership since it allows for the Visionary to fully concentrate on his/her own competencies. Just think about this: How can a Visionary’s groundbreaking idea take flight if he/she does not have the time, bandwidth or natural skill set to keep it in motion? As Hal mentioned on the radio program, it was only until he hired an Integrator that he felt comfortable letting go of certain areas within the business and focusing on his strengths. He also realized that the company could scale at a faster pace with an Integrator’s support which it indeed has.
The V/I relationship is built upon trust, honesty, mutual respect and requires constant communication. The commitment to adhere to these elements is key to its success. It is well worth the effort and investment as a Visionary and Integrator working in conjunction with varying capabilities can be instrumental in taking a company to new heights.
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If you are curious about the Visionary/Integrator relationship and would like to learn how Trilogy can provide guidance, please email me at email@example.com or call at 609-688-0428.