When I read the book “7 habits of highly-effective people”, I remember my reaction to the suggestion about having a “personal mission statement”. It struck me as being a little silly. Am I really going to do that with all aspects of my life? Do I really need that sort of thing? Where would I even start?
Well, at work my attitude is much more focused. At home I can wing-it, whenever I want, because I am still figuring some things out and sometimes it is more fun to live with fewer boundaries. Honestly, I spend a lot of my time at home pondering problems from work instead of working-out problems at home. So I’m more inclined to have a plan for work. Regardless, I apply much more structure to my work goals, regimen and mission statement.
I just thought it would be interesting to some of you to see my current mission statement.
- Provide the best value that I can to my employer and customer
- Determine what-it-is that the customer wants
- Determine what is out-of-scope and counter-productive, regardless of its value
- Never allow my ego to get in the way of the customer’s needs
- Watch my zones
- Determine communication routes and routines
- Plan ahead as much as possible, but adjust the plan, as needed
- Always have several backup plans
- Be transparent
- Identify the (increasing) points that the bar can/should be raised-to
- Determine the path to accomplish this (increasing improvements)
- Be patient and try not to agitate my colleagues, while pursuing these goal
- Always do my research before opening my mouth
- Prepare proof-of-concepts before discussing ideas for fixes
- If something seems strange, find out why it is that way, before proposing to correct it
There are a few more things that I do, but most of my decisions are founded on these items, and I do my best to weigh my choices against this list.
Every month, I review my mission statement and make sure my plans and work are in alignment with it.