In his bestseller, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't, Jim Collins uses the analogy of being “on the bus” to illustrate the appropriate place of vision in organizational alignment. “… first get the right people on the bus (and the wrong people off the bus) before you figure out where to drive it.”
The bus is the organization and what it stands for – its purpose and values. The right people get on board because they believe in this “bus” and the value it creates, and because they share the values of the other people on the bus. In tough times, such as a recession, natural disaster, or international conflict, the bus may need to be diverted to a different destination, or the vision revised.
But with the right people on board, aligned behind the organization's purpose and values, the organization is able to adapt rapidly to the new circumstances, create a new vision, and agree on a new destination that takes these new conditions into account.
To attract the “right” people therefore it is essential to build that “right fit” into your selection process to identify people who are passionate about your organization and the value it creates, and whose personal values are in alignment with your organization’s values.