Mission statements are generally brief, compelling statements of an organizations purpose that:
- Convey internally and externally what you stand for and the organizations objectives
- Are inspirational, provide an avenue for change and drive the organization in to the future
- Guide behavior, decision-making and priority-setting and are used on a daily basis
- Differentiate you in the marketplace
- First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. – JFK
- Microsoft’s early mission, “A computer on every desk and in every home”
- Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
- NIKE – “Crush Reebok”
- 3M “To solve unsolved problems innovatively”
- Walt Disney “To make people happy.”
- The Home Depot is in the home improvement business and our goal is to provide the highest level of service, the broadest selection of products and the most competitive prices.
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There are also a plethora of books on the topic of creating your mission statement. I like The Mission Primer by O’Hallaron and O’Hallaron.