Do you have a mission statement?
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|Wed, 05-07-2003 - 12:39pm|
One day while contemplating about what I wanted for my family,
"The company I work for has a mission statement, the church I
attend has a mission statement, the organizations I belong to
have mission statements, the family is an organization, why
doesn't it have a mission statement?"
Businesses have mission statements because they follow the rule
of "best practices." This means, whatever the biggest and most
profitable companies are doing in common, that must be the best
way of doing things in business.
Our family affects us more than any other organization; most
have no written mission statement.
Stop and think for a moment.
Does the company you work for have a mission statement?
What about the other organizations you belong to?
Now, do you have a written mission statement posted where all of
the members of your household can see it?
I believe the answer is because our parents didn't have one up,
and we were never taught to create one.
Immediately after realizing this tragedy, I got on my computer
and began to write. I broke my household mission statement into
the following five categories:
I. Objective - the overall goal of our family.
II. Priority System - In this area I listed our priorities in
the order of importance (God first, Family second, and
Business third). There are other things but these are
the first three general areas in order of importance.
III. Organizational System - In this category I did a
professional organizational chart just like the one my
company has. Should our families settle for anything
less than what we have for our businesses?
It laid out the authority structure for our house.
It has God as the head, then me, then my wife and the
children below all diagramed out. This area sets the
order for the family.
While taking a shower one morning, in my mind's eye I saw
out of order signs swinging on houses. Many of our
houses are out of order because no order has been set.
If a machine is out of order, it doesn't serve its
function. No matter how many quarters you have in your
pocket, if a vending machine has an out of order sign on
it, you had better look for snacks elsewhere.
If an arcade machine or ATM has an out of order sign on
them, they won't serve their purposes. It is the same
with families. When parents and the children are out of
order, something in the family will not function
IV. Belief System - This expresses the religious and moral
beliefs of the family.
V. Destiny System - This explains the purpose for our family
and where we are headed long term.
Even though this all may sound fancy, I wrote everything on an
elementary school level so my children could understand it.
After I finished writing my first draft, I took it to my wife to
have her discuss changes so that we would be on one accord.
She read the entire document and didn't make any changes.
Our vision and belief systems blended and agreed perfectly.
Everyone will not completely agree on their mission statement
but that is the purpose of a written mission statement, so that
everyone will have one vision. When you have two visions you
then have "di-vision."
I signed the document as household President and my wife signed
it as household Vice-President. I then had it blown up and
laminated. We placed it on the wall right next to the front
Every time our children leave the house, they will know what our
house stands for. Whenever they bring friends over, the first
thing they will see is what the house stands for. When my
children return from school, the first thing they see is the
family mission statement.
Upon returning home, they will know instantly in their conscious
whether they behaved in a way that honors the family mission.
Every house has a different mission, know your mission, write
your mission, and post your mission.
A MountainWings Original by James Bronner