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Category Archive: Mission statements

Demystifying Mission, Vision, and Values

Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2008 at 10:09 am by Gary Winters

Working with a group of front-line supervisors recently, I realized that many of them held the belief that “vision” and “mission” and “values” were concepts best left to the senior leaders in the organization. Nothing could be further from the truth!


Go on, give ‘em the Kool Aid!

Posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2008 at 8:50 am by Gary Winters

One of the most important tasks for a leader is to get followers to marry their personal self interest with the organization’s self interest. When done well, amazing things start to happen Early in my career, I was a humble “outside sales person” working for a furniture rental company. Nothing very sexy about my job […]


Are you creating a transparent organization?

Posted on Friday, April 18th, 2008 at 10:07 am by Gary Winters

I’ve come to believe that leaders can create transformative experiences when they focus on creating transparent organizations (or teams). To my mind, a transparent organization is one with the following characteristics: Alignment: every stakeholder has a “line-of-sight” to the vision of the whole organization. Each person knows exactly how his/her contribution and performance assists the […]


Does your mission statement bravely go where none has gone before?

Posted on Sunday, April 6th, 2008 at 1:20 am by Gary Winters

Few ideas have swept through organizations in the last couple of decades as pervasively as the notion that they need a mission statement. Senior leaders huddle in offsite conference rooms for hours or even days, wordsmithing something they can bring back to the organization which, they hope, will take their organization to “the next level.” […]