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When Personal and Career Mission and Vision Statements Meet

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There is nothing so satisfying than recognizing your real passion in life.  From that moment on you can authentically attract those opportunities to fulfill that personal passion. Maybe it is volunteering or expanding your existing activities.  If you have worked discovering your own personal mission and vision statements, you may find it may lead you to actualize that newly found information taking your life in a whole new direction.

This is the work of each of us in this life, to find our mission, define it and build our vision on it.  Sometimes our personal and career mission and vision statements meet.  In fact, it happens more often than most think.

Margaret Casto Phillips, professor of mathematics and computer science at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Virginia had found her passion. She had joined the ODU faculty in 1945 and taught until her retirement thirty four years later in 1979. She had also served as the university liaison for the American Association of University Women. At her death at the age of 94, Phillips assured her passion for students and teaching for years to come by a bequest of $150,000 to the ODU Faculty Emeriti Association for its student scholarship endowment fund. She personifies the meeting of her personal and career mission and vision statements.  Looking around us we may see this reflected by many in our community.

Captain Steve Lazenby of the Santa Paula (CA) Fire Department is passionate about preparing citizens for emergency preparedness. His firefighting position is captain of Santa Paula Engine company but his ability to communicate a emergency preparedness mission throughout the county enabled him to realize a new position as well. As the Coordinator/Instructor for C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team), a 17-20 hour class training for citizens, Lazenby has in 5 years taught over 1500 citizens to take their place helping themselves and others in the event of a disaster in their community. His commitment to his personal passion now blends with his career mission and vision.

Successful small business owners Les and Alice Gardner of the Attitude Shoppe in Ojai, CA believe strongly in their community and are active Rotarians. The success of their personal mission and the blending of their business mission and vision statements extend to hiring employees that share in their strong ideas of service, customer satisfaction and longevity in their community.  One happy customer recalls having driven four hours away for an important business meeting then discovering he had left his computer at home…the last thing needed was to have to turn around and drive home to retrieve it. Employees handled the problem with customary efficiency, a friend was able to bring it to the store and the computer was then packed and on its way the same day. When the Gardner’s personal mission met their business mission and vision, people who aligned themselves with the same values were attracted to becoming employees.

With these examples come the realization that not only does the person gain from the meeting of their personal and career mission and vision but also, society.

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Economic Tip: Mission and Vision Statements Can Re-Energize Your Business

247516072475160720120331_0038_successMission and Vision Statements Can Re-Energize Your Business

The economic tip of today’s time seems to be survival! Many businesses are looking for answers to re-energize and deal successfully in the current economic climate. All the planning, capital, marketing and organizational decisions seem outside the realm of what was “business as normal.” Do not panic. Resist the urge for a complete overhaul. Begin with what you have accomplished such as your business mission and vision statements and seek to re-energize your focus within the current business reality.

Your business mission statement states why your business exists. It enables you to effectively communicate the “why” to your employees and to your marketplace. This is where the review should begin. Because strategic business decisions stem from your mission statement, it is not only good to review the statement but also to test it.  Here are a few key questions to help:

1. Does your mission statement adequately address your business strengths and expertise?
2.  Have you retained the values your business shares in common with others in your line of  business? Emphasis on good customer service for example is an important element for long term success.
3. Is your market the same as when you first began? If not, you may need to adjust the change in your mission statement or vision statement.

Remember to keep all your audiences in mind, including employees, shareholders, family members, customers, suppliers and your community.  A business or organizational mission and purpose that support all these audiences will retain the most solid relationships.

The most important objective in the vision for your business future is the desire to achieve your mission, with clarity, commitment and communication. An example of an effective direct sales business owner is:

“We will be a global network of independent wellness consultants helping people physically and financially. We will be a positive example to our team, prospects and customers. We will focus on expanding and training our team and having them duplicate these efforts to create a fun and rewarding business.” This statement personifies a business who will manage out of a sense of vision, not out of a sense of desperation.

Here are a few key tips to help you revamp or redefine your mission statement or vision statement:

1. Re-examine what sets you apart from your competitors.
2. If someone contacted you about what seemed like a reasonable opportunity, are your statements specific enough to give you a business-oriented reason to accept or reject that opportunity and explain the reasoning for the acceptance or rejection – based on your mission and vision statements?
3. Do your statements guide you toward an ideal customer?
4. Do your statements help the company avoid seeking to be all things to all people?

These tips can begin the process of re-energizing your business with confidence and give you more consciously focused mission and vision statements. This will help enable your business to not only survive but to grow in the years ahead.

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develop your mission and vision statements, go to www.missionvisionstatement.com
now.

Embracing Change with Mission and Vision Statements

L. Gordon Cravitz, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in a New Year’s column (Wall Street Journal, Jan. 2, 2007) that this icon of business, markets and journalism had faced a dilemma. “Do we preserve the icon as it has been, rejecting changes as too risky?  Or do we try to add to the qualities that created the icon in the first place, taking care not to change simply for the sake of change?”  They would adopt the latter approach defining and involving its readership in the evolving changes. e_learning

It takes time and work for your mission and vision statements to become living expressions of the company’s behavior.  You must be willing to test your Mission and Vision statements for their timeliness and consistency of values. When working with colleagues, explain how you arrived at your vision, so they may understand the logic behind your statements and their role and place in the future. You may also include customers, suppliers etc.

Businesses that review and update their statements from time to time remain energized and in the forefront of their marketplace.  They avoid being outmoded, outdated and lacking vision in changes to their business environment.  Your mission and vision statements focus your business in terms of direction, leadership, goal-setting and much more.  “Your statements should serve as the basis for your strategic plans and actions.

To learn more about effective Mission and Vision Statements and for a complete step-by-step guide to develop your statements, go to www.missionvisionstatement.com and order Mission and Vision Statements: Your Path To A Successful Business Future.  This seminar and workshop in an e-book covers:

  • what you should know before creating your business mission and vision
  • exercises to develop your mission and vision statements
  • how to test-drive and live your mission and vision.

Revamp Your Mission and Vision Statement with These Easy to Use Tips

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Here are a few key tips to help you revamp or redefine your mission and vision statements:247516072475160720120331_0038_success

1. Re-examine what sets you apart from your competitors.

2. If someone contacted you about what seemed like a reasonable opportunity, are your statements specific enough to give you a business-oriented reason to accept or reject that opportunity and explain the reasoning for the acceptance or rejection – based on your mission and vision statements?

3. Do your statements guide you toward an ideal customer?

4. Do your statements help the company avoid seeking to be all things to all people?

These tips can begin the process of re-energizing your business with confidence and give you more consciously focused mission and vision statements. This will help enable your business to not only survive but to grow in the years ahead.  For additional help with your mission statement and vision statement or if you need to develop your mission and vision statements, go to www.missionvisionstatement.com now.

 

Top 10 Quotes of Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar, famed motivational speaker and prolific author died last year but many of his famous quips and quotes will remain popular long into the future.  Zig Ziglar cultivated a devoted following by saying success hinges upon attitude and motivation. motivated

I have put my favorite top ten quotes and truisms of Zig Ziglar’s together – they are all ideal to review as we enter the start of a New Year:

  • “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”
  • “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
  • “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”
  • “If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”
  • “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
  • “A goal properly set is halfway reached”
  • “People often say motivation doesn’t last; neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”
  • “You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”
  • “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

Best wishes to you in 2013!

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Take Your Mission to the Street

Have you heard about the television program that features CEOs who go undercover to experience their own companies, employees, and market practices?  It was actually 246783082467830820100116_kochi_0052_finalpremiered on Oprah in February 2010.  It was compelling.  A couple of CEOs that were definite good guys  found their employees working long hard hours, sometimes with misunderstood policies or glaring shortcomings by company management.

Such an exercise certainly must result in a re-alignment of the company or business mission and vision statement on all levels-beginning with the owner, leader or CEO.  Properly written and updated, the company mission and vision reflects the ability to hit the street or marketplace at any given time.

On Oprah’s program, the employees featured had great attitudes in spite of their job descriptions and actual duties. Their years of employment also gave them an edge on a better understanding and efficiencies of the operations, which management lacked.  Going back to square one is not the answer, but a serious review of  mission and vision statements involving tiered employees and management (communicated) throughout the company is just good sense.

The facility to take your mission to the street means you do not burden your business with a purpose and direction for its future so vast that it begins to intimidate.  Explain in detail how you arrived at the statements, so colleagues and employees can understand the logic behind your statements and more importantly, their role and place in the journey.  Get leaders and key contributors in your business to look at the implications of the mission statement and vision statement for their areas of responsibility.

On-target mission and vision statements become workable and accurate guides for strategic and long-range planning as well as day-to-day operations.   Understand that the reviewed mission or vision does not always have an effect right away – it takes time to change old ways of thinking and doing things.

Be sure your mission and vision statements are on target for your customers, staff and owners.  For help with creating or updating your mission statement and vision statement go to http://missionvisionstatement.com/ now.  There you will find case studies, articles, testimonials and products to help you with mission and vision statements and how to use them for the best benefit and achieve your maximum results.