Vision, Mission, and Values Statements

Far be it from me to decry management fads, but it seems obvious to me that such things as Vision, Mission, and Values Statements have been taken way too seriously. It used to be that these things together boil down to one thing: FOCUS. That being said, it should take you all of five minutes to put together such statements. If it takes longer than that you've got some problems that won't be solved by writing a sentence down on paper!

Once you've completed them, a good place to put them is in the front page of your employee handbook. A good time to remember them is any time you're going to start something new. Quite frankly, I couldn't care less if I ever saw the actual Mission Statement again. It's not for me. The only questions that I ever ask of myself when considering a new project are, "Is this what I do? Is this what I want to do? Will this get me to the point where I can do what I want to do?" The Mission Statements are for those who don't know the answers.

That said, here are some samples. If you want to create your own, just write the damned thing down. If you are still having trouble and you have Microsoft Schedule+, you're in luck! Microsoft included, direct from the Covey Leadership Center, the most obvious piece of bloatware I've yet witnessed: The Seven Habits Tool. Run this when you have some time to waste so it can tell you how not to waste your time.


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