I am currently reading “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. The electronic version was 99 cents on Amazon a couple weeks ago so I started reading it on my computer. I was really enjoying the book but can’t stand to stare at my computer monitor to read things for extended periods of time – I don’t mind working on the computer, but sustained periods of reading on a computer screen bothers my eyes. Anyway, I did what any loyal Amazon fan would do. I went out and bought a Kindle. Good job, Amazon, your marketing tactic worked.
One of the (many) principles of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” is that you should spend your time doing things that align with your core values. These values can be summed up in a mission statement, which is to be used as a guide for all that you do. Creating a personal mission statement is no easy feat, the author suggests that it can require days, if not weeks or months, of a person’s time. Also, it is constantly evolving and must be tweaked depending on life circumstances. l will admit that I have not yet created a personal mission statement.
I got to thinking how interesting it would be if teams in the workplace had to come up with and agree on a mission statement. It really forces you to think about WHY you do what you do on a daily basis, and how that fits into the bigger picture. It would also be a great teambuilding exercise. I think I’d enjoy participating in a session to make a team mission statement. I’d also be very interested to read other teams’ mission statements. It’s easy to wonder why people do what they do, or even what they do. The mission statement provides clarity not only on roles, but more importantly, goals.
Not an easy exercise, but a worthwhile one.