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Mission Statements

When Values Create Value

Javier Saade | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
Javier Saade

Shareholder value is the ultimate yardstick in capitalism, no doubt. But what happens when a company's value creation mechanism is directly aligned with a mission that resonates and that is rooted with a greater social aspiration?

Johnny Cash's Lesson for College Applicants

Josh Stephens | Posted 03.18.2016 | College
Josh Stephens

Johnny Cash was no saint. Neither are most high school students. Few of us grow up to be criminals or folk heroes. Most of us are somewhere in between. We don't need to upend our lives for our causes, but we can nudge ourselves in the direction of righteousness.

Communicate a Bold Choice to Drive Culture Change and Results

Randy Pennington | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
Randy Pennington

"The most important business decision we ever made." That's how Carl Sewell, Chairman of the Sewell Automotive Company, describes the decision his company made to be the best.

3 Steps to Rewriting a Mindful Personal Mission Statement

Susie Wolbe | Posted 04.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Susie Wolbe

Once again, I realize that mindfully assessing my activities, feelings, and thoughts will reveal a more honest direction for where my heart and soul wish to travel.

Your Organization Does Amazing Things... So Why Doesn't Anyone Understand What You Do?

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Most organization leaders were concerned that even their own staff members couldn't 100% accurately relay their mission. So where does the breakdown happen?

Lead from Within: Become a Leader with a Personal Mission

Marion Chamberlain | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Marion Chamberlain

When you think of a great leader who comes to your mind? Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Tony Hsieh, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Nelson Mandela, or Martin Luther King, Jr.? What are some of the characteristics that we are able to witness from these wonderful leadership role models?

How to Market Your Business Without Hating Every Minute

Britt Bolnick | Posted 09.12.2014 | Business
Britt Bolnick

Here's the funny thing about being in business for yourself -- if you're not comfortable with visibility it can be really hard to put yourself and your business out there in a way that attracts new clients.

Do You Like Your Company's Emotion Statement?

Vikas Jhingran | Posted 11.04.2014 | Business
Vikas Jhingran

Simply saying, "We don't have an Emotion Statement," is not adequate because, planned or not, a small company makes an Emotion Statement every time they engage with these large corporations.

What Does Success Look Like?

Carissa Lada | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Carissa Lada

Ultimately, it is up to us to create our own happiness. Nobody else can shoulder that responsibility or take the blame for our discontent. Why should we waste another minute living up to someone else's expectations or ignoring our authentic path and vision?

Why You Need to Create a Personal Mission Statement

Susan Steinbrecher | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Susan Steinbrecher

In my work with companies -- from small businesses to large corporations -- I have found that the ethics and values reflected in mission statements can be beneficial in conveying clarity and purpose within a company culture.

Having a Mission Is What Real Businesses Do

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners make the mistake of not taking the time to craft a mission statement. They think it's just fluff and a waste of time.

Double Vision

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.19.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Without a clear picture of the art and other programs that will be mounted in the future, the organization cannot achieve its mission, cannot build an audience or donor base and, frankly, is of little value. Arts organizations, after all, exist to produce art.

Inspiration vs. Manipulation

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

When you stand for something, you inspire. You take a stand for something, usually bigger than yourself, and people relate. It motivates rather than manipulates.

Would You Hire You?

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

The unemployed must stop believing that they don't have a job. They do. And that job is to get a job. It's a full time, high pressure, high-stakes venture. And as the CEO of that venture, each job seeker must ask a simple yet daunting question: Would you hire you?

Executive Directors Need to Dream Too

Michael Kaiser | Posted 06.08.2013 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Without a clear vision for the future, executive directors are doomed to making marginal changes that do not truly move their organizations forward. And without a bit of dreaming, it is difficult to create this vision.

Six Ways That Vine, Twitter's New Tool, Should Change How You Think About Your Career

Danny Rubin | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Danny Rubin

Mark down January 24, 2013 as the day our attention span shrank once again -- as if we hadn't already hit rock bottom.

On the Importance of Mission (or, "A Gay Jew in Jesuit Clothing")

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 10.13.2012 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

Immediately flashing back to the beaming faces of my parents at my Bar Mitzvah and the beaming face of my patron drag queen (Tammy Faye WhyNot!) when I came out of the closet, I was reasonably convinced my colleague was citing someone else's solid Jesuit pedigree.

One Task These CEOs Refuse to Delegate

Melody Stevens | Posted 09.01.2012 | Small Business
Melody Stevens

I'm constantly seeking ways to help business owners and corporate leaders free themselves of certain day-to-day duties so they can grow their companies. Hence, delegation and having great teamwork are crucial.

Why Integrity Is Never Easy

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Have you ever wondered why mission, vision, or value statements are needed in the first place? After all, nobody wants to get involved with a company that lies, cheats, and tricks its customers.

What Is Missing in too Many Strategic Plans?

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When we fail to recognize the primary role of programming in our strategic plans, we are implying a lack of trust in the value of the work we do in the arts.

The Concept of Family

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

When corporate executives become leaders of arts organizations, they must truly appreciate this difference in mission or they will come into severe conflict with their artists, staff and board members.

Artistic Directors Versus Executive Directors

Michael Kaiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Kaiser

Amidst all of the pain and fear of the economic crisis, one area of conversation always gets a laugh: the way to reduce tension between artistic directors and executive leadership.

MixedInk for Collaborative Group Statements

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Craig Newmark

The deal at MixedInk is that a group of people can work together to produce a single statement... it could be a real step toward online democracy, something for real.

New Trend Among The Fabulously Wealthy: Family Mission Statements

The Wall Street Journal's Wealth Report Blog | Robert Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

One of the most-fascinating trends among the wealthy is the corporatization of private life: Things that used to be simple and personal in life have b...