An organization is a group of people that work together for a common purpose. That’s really it. That’s all it is. So how does the work get done? How are decisions made, and by whom? How do they know they’re right?
To maximize efficiency, engagement, and effectiveness, everyone should be empowered to make decisions – everyone needs to know how their decisions align with and affect the organization as a whole.
An essential responsibility of organizational leaders is the communication of mission, vision, and goals. People need to be reminded and reassured of what their organization’s purpose is – not as a deterrent to innovative thinking, but to make them feel confident in their decision making and assured of their meaningful contributions. Purpose is a guardrail, not a fence.
It’s important to remember, though, that organizations need to be guided, ultimately, by ideas – not people. This is what mission refers to – a timeless explanation of the identity of a team, group or organization. An organization’s mission, very basically, is its reason for existence.
In order to facilitate consistent decision making with an engaged team, the desired future needs to look the same to everyone. This is called vision. An organization comes together for their mission, and continues on toward their vision.
Goals are the details. With mission and vision, you know who you are, where you’re going, and why. Goals are the when, what, and how.
Do Your Best is a soft-skills training program and set of experiential learning activities that illustrates how statements of mission, vision, and goals can directly alter employees’ actions when they are told to adhere to them while carrying out tasks. These statements, especially when presented in writing, not only provide direction and limitation, they motivate and define success.
Do Your Best demonstrates the fundamental nature of organizational direction, and the need for a set of ideas and concepts to guide employee action (rather than a person to please). The name “Do Your Best“ is an example of an ineffective statement of direction. Participants will engage in hands-on exercises (building walls with acrylic blocks) that involve ineffective direction, and see how such statements can lead to counterproductive behaviors and failure.
Bolster your organization’s direction-setting and decision-making abilities with Do Your Best – a serious lesson conveyed through a fun and memorable experience.