This summer I had the opportunity to work with the Title IX Office at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. This office had an interesting design that creates some challenges. There are five staff members in the office: the director, two investigators, and two case managers. They work with student, faculty, and staff concerns.…

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Like websites about mission statements, there are millions of pages about vision statements and nearly as many ideas about ways to write them. Unlike mission statements, vision statements describe future possibilities. They are aspirational. They define something an organization aims to achieve. Vision statements are not strategic goals that will be completed in three to five years.…

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I’ve been working on writing mission statements for some time now. I’ve looked at many of the 220,000,000 websites I mentioned in the post “Start with Mission”. There are four-step versions and five-step versions and a variety of how-to sites out there. I’ve landed on a formula that is simple and clear and has worked…

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If you spend any time looking at mission and vision statements, it quickly becomes clear that there is no one formula for creating them. In fact, according to Google, there are 220,000,000 answers to the inquiry ‘how to write a mission statement’. Mission statements come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. Long ones, pithy ones,…

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“When you know who you are; when your mission is clear and you burn with the inner fire of unbreakable will; no cold can touch your heart; no deluge can dampen your purpose.” Chief Seattle   Last week, I challenged you to take a fresh look at your mission statements to see if they are…

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“We already know our mission.” The person speaking was one of a group of businessmen who were gathered to do strategy work for a non-profit venture they were launching. “We know what we are trying to do.” He didn’t have his arms crossed, but he sounded as if he did. “Great,” I responded. “Then we’re…

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