Is Your Mission Statement Empty Words?
Too many organisational ‘mission statements’ I come across are empty words drafted only to sound intelligent on a website or the cover of an annual report.
Is your organisation’s purpose and mission a part of the consciousness of everyone involved? Or is it something you have because you’re ‘supposed to’ have one?
Organisations that excel do so for the same reason that people do – they have purpose within them that drives them.
Some will call this ‘organisational culture’. Culture isn’t strong enough though. I like ‘organisational religion’.
What is your organisation’s religion?
Do you know it? Do you believe in it? Does everyone believe in it?
If you want to lead a wildly successful organisation, then it needs a religion.
Every powerful and lasting religion has a purpose – this is your organisation’s mission. Every great religion also has rules to live by – these are the principles your organisation stands for.
Your work as a leader is to bring everyone into the faith. To have them be devout followers of that religion. To live it.
How do you do this?
Wear the robes.
Be the example of faith in your religion.
Create a mission for your organisation that you will die for. Create principles for your organisation that you will live by, every day.
Live for this mission and by these principles even when nobody is watching.
Because the god of your organisation – the potential to succeed or fail – is ALWAYS watching.
- What are YOUR beliefs and values?
- Where are you NOT living them?