The Secret to Productivity
By Mark Vickers, Ph.D.
I recently met with an HR manager from a large optics firm, and an owner of a small jewelry manufacturer. Two very different businesses with one very similar problem, they both are challenged to get their managers to think strategically about the success of their companies. Every conversation, meeting, and employee interaction is driven by immediate needs, the "urgent-important" quadrant that Steven Covey writes about.
These managers remain in that quadrant of hurried activity largely because they do not see their work as leading to a valued outcome. They have no mission driving their purpose and no vision drawing them to a better future. They are stuck in the immediate, every day, hum drum, often monotonous tasks that have become their work day.
So why have a mission and vision statement for your company? The simple answer is: productivity! People are more productive when they work for a valued purpose. The mission of your company is its purpose. And people work with more enthusiasm when they know that their efforts are producing a better tomorrow. The vision of your company is the description of a tomorrow worth working for.
How do you create create a dynamic and long-lasting mission and vision statement? Learn in my next post.