Management Tip of the Day: Living your mission statement

Tue Mar 15, 2011 11:42am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - Instead of lofty words and abstract ideas, a mission statement that is focused and actionable may benefit your organization, says Harvard Business Review.

The Harvard Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"The problem with most mission statements is that they are full of jargon and platitudes that apply to any organization, not just the one they were written for.

Don't wring your hands over the wording: focus on action instead.

A mission statement is an abstraction. An organization on a mission is inspiring. Think about what it is you want your company to do - create the best personal computer, change the way people think about coffee, end hunger, etc. - and make that your charge.

Mission statements can galvanize and align employees or explain to others what you do, but only if there is a true sense of purpose behind them."

- Today's management tip was adapted from "Do You Have a Mission Statement, or Are You on a Mission?" by Dan Pallotta.

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<p>Calpers mission statement is seen posted on the wall in the regional office in Sacramento, California, October 21, 2009. REUTERS/Max Whittaker</p>