Forget The Mission Statement. What's Your Mission Question?
In a previous article, I shared five questions that today’s forward-thinking companies should be asking, based on input from top business consultants. This second installment, on the same theme, presents five more questions--but with a specific focus this time. These are questions that zero in on the mission and higher purpose of a company. Think of them as “mission questions.” Most companies, of course, articulate their missions by way of formal “statements.” But often they’re banal pronouncements (We save people money so they can live better. Questions, on the other hand, can provide a reality check on whether or not a business is staying true to what it stands for and aims to achieve. 1. Over time, companies can lose sight of what they first set out to do. But what helps guide the company at all times is the knowledge that “we arose out of our love of nature and the wilderness,” as Sheahan puts it. 2. 3. 4. 5. [ILLUSTRATIONS: Questions via Shutterstock]
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