The ability to step back from one’s daily routine, explore ideas for the future, regard the facts from a distance and see them in a broader context or in the longer term.

does not act impulsively but contemplates consequences
gathers large amounts of information; is curious
possesses cognitive skills
accepts many ideas without rejecting them straight away on the ground of unattainability
acquires the essence from given information

has an idea in which direction his/her discipline will develop based on social developments
takes time to think about his/her professional area
is open to unusual and daring ideas that can be implemented in his/her professional field
understands the consequences of developments and converts them into his/her position or discipline
focuses on innovations and is prepared to experiment with them

questions traditional methods and presents innovative products and approaches
focuses on essentials and does not lose him/herself in details
is able to rise above the daily routine and reflect on it
looks for people with unusual views and innovative ideas
notices innovative ideas in the team and knows how to connect them

combines various social trends and developments into an integrated vision of the future
sees chances and opportunities for the organization before others do and acts accordingly
recognizes national and international trends early on and oversees their consequences for the organization
integrates developments in different disciplines into a new concept
is able to think ahead even on the basis of limited information
is able to come up with the ideas other people consider to be impossible

Vision can be easily developed if the candidate has a more than average score (7,8,9) on the drives Independent thinking & acting, Variety and a more than average score (7,8,9) on the Cognitive Capability assessment.

What is your opinion about the future of your profession? What are the concrete consequences for your organization? Which threats and opportunities do you see for yourself?
What do you perceive to be foresight? What are important criteria to you?
In what ways do you take a step back from your daily routine in order to decide a direction for the future?
Which developments are a threat to your organization in the near future?
Which developments will provide opportunities to your organization in the near future?

Get involved in new changes and developments.
Build your opinions on factual knowledge.
Talk to people with creative ideas and elaborate on those ideas.
Try and relate daily political and social developments to your own organization.

Encourage your candidate to ask others for 360º feedback regarding the way he expresses his vision. What is their impression, what goes well and what could be improved? Discuss the results with the candidate.
Engage your candidate in a fantasy about the future. Set no restrictions; everything can be thought and said, no matter how strange.
Ask your candidate to define a number of big problems at work and to think about causes and possible solutions. It is important those solutions are realistic and attainable.
Ask your candidate in what direction the organization or department should go in order to overcome future problems. How could he contribute? Discuss potential obstructing thoughts the candidate might mention.
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