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

Revamp Your Mission and Vision Statement

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.

 

Champions Don’t Become Champions in the Ring

Teddy Roosevelt once said “Champions don’t become champions in the ring – they are merely recognized there.”  How true.  The process required for a person or business to joggingbreak free from the average takes place long before the recognition of the” champion in the ring”.  That process begins with understanding the passion or entrepreneurship in oneself or business.  Understanding the why becomes the basis for the mission or mission statement.  How will you serve in service or product? What purpose do you fill in your community or marketplace?  Answering these questions and being able to define your mission to partners, employees etc. become the foundation of successful decision making, focus and ultimately right strategic actions.

As your mission statement is your starting point, your vision statement for yourself or business becomes your destination – it is here that the “separation from the pack” begins.

Your vision statement articulates clearly the desired future for your business.  It provides direction, aligns key players and energizes people to achieve a common purpose.  When your employees, associates, etc understand and share in the future of the business, the actions become clear as to how to reach it.  It also guides the decision process to reflect the statements in staying the course.

Viewing the process of defining your mission and vision statements as a priority instead of an afterthought, communicating and defining your future instead of reacting to outside influences, creating strategic planning and follow-through creates the foundation needed for a successful business or champion in the marketplace.

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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.