| Murphy ||23 Jul 2013 1:53 p.m. PST|
..We (as in our office), is going "corporate"
And I educated my boss
I've noticed this recently with certain small 'administrative changes" that have been undertaking here recently.
Today in our staff meeting, the final thing we had to go over was something that was pulled on us.
Boss looks at us and says "We have to have a mission statement."
I cringe when I hear those words
So he tosses up what he "thinks" is the perfect "mission statement for the department".
Everyone reads it, and there is an uncomfortable silence
He says "Is everyone okay with this?"
I raise my hand
"May I speak openly?" I ask him.
He tells me "Sure."
I look at it and look at everyone and then him. "I'm not trying to make waves or cause issues, but I'm going to be a bit unpfrofessional here. That statement is too darn long."
People murmured their agreement.
I continued. "Look
I've been here in this industry for almost 20 years
Mission statements should be short, sweet, to the point, and easy to remember. Here you have four very long complex sentences filled with vagueness and technical jargon backed up by six bullet statements. That's not a mission statement, that's a performance profile and outline."
Boss then says "So how can we make this better?"
I then explain two fundamental things about mission statements:
"1: The purpose of a mission statement is to give people a basic idea of what we do as a department and how we meet their needs. The simpler we can make the statement while focusing on that, the beter.
2: Mission statements should be decisive, and brief, yet have room for flexibility. Do not use five dollar words in a fifty cent statement or else you will A: Lose 90% of the people as they will not know what you are talking about. B: Someone will actually ask you "What do you mean by that?" and so if you have to explain yourself, then your mission statement has failed, or C: Someone will see through the smoke and mirrors, and realize the bs for what it is."
One of the programmers says "Wow..sounds like you've done this before
I respond "I was in the military for 15 years
Boss then says "Well how do you know if your mission statement works?"
"That's easy. Read your mission statement between 3-5 times out loud. Then turn off the screen and go get a cup of coffee. Come back and sit down and see if you can remember it word for word, or mostly word for word. If you can't get half of it because you've forgotten it
.then it's a fail
So we take a break
.Boss sits there going over it, again and again and again
.I wander out to get coffee
and chat with a network guy.
About 10 minutes later he comes back
"Son of a *****" he says to me quietly. "I just tried it and you were right
I couldn't remember it and I WROTE the damn thing."
I nodded and smiled and sipped my coffee.
So for the second part of the meeting, he shows us "the improved mission statment: Two simple sentences saying essentially that "we provide our customers high speed, real time IT support and assistance to help solve their problems."
And no bullet statements
But the fact that we are no getting a "mission statement", is the beginning of "Reeking of Corporatism", that is beginning to concern me
I really love this company and the last thing I need or want to see happen to it is for it to become Dunder-Mifflin, or Dilbert World
|Streitax ||23 Jul 2013 2:17 p.m. PST|
Sure as the stuff that falls out our rear ends, as a company grows/becomes successful, someone decides they need some 'professionals' to help them put it all together. So they hire a bunch of MBAs with no experience in their industry. So they do the only thing they know how to do, org charts, mission statements, bean counting. Classic example? Pfizer hires a guy who ran Boston Chicken as CEO. Four years later he's out and the company is trashed. What did he do to fix it when he was hired? Picked the guy who led them into the mess they were in to lead them out. Yeah, that works. 'Gee, Captain, here we are in the middle of a minefield with half the company lying dead or wounded, what should we do?' 'Bayonet the wounded, form up and keep on marching. This minefield can't go on forever.' Yeah.
|SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER ||23 Jul 2013 3:01 p.m. PST|
You would love the Mongol Embassy's MS then.
'Get their money first, then socialize!'
|charared ||23 Jul 2013 3:19 p.m. PST|
How 'bout a *NEW* "MS" required EACH year for public library!?!
Submitted along with a meaningless budget (if there WERE extra $$$ just floating about in the State budget, the library would be the VERY *last* to see any).
Just more paper to file in more file cabinets which were purchased
Public "service" is it's own level of hell.
|TNE2300||23 Jul 2013 5:49 p.m. PST|
I once had to listen to a CEO state that the solution to losing customers because of QA issues was to:
"lower customers' expectations"
only management was surprised when we kept losing customers!
|Nick Bowler||23 Jul 2013 6:08 p.m. PST|
I work in Dilbert world. On my 3rd reorg in 6 months. Its how I can pay for miniatures.
| John the OFM ||23 Jul 2013 6:09 p.m. PST|
Someone should hunt down the SOB who came up with the term "Mission Statement" and shoot him down like a dog in the street.
| Saber6 ||23 Jul 2013 6:16 p.m. PST|
But does it meet the "Vision"?
|Jay Arnold ||23 Jul 2013 6:52 p.m. PST|
You mean commander's intent? That's in the Execution paragraph.
|skippy0001 ||23 Jul 2013 7:35 p.m. PST|
After being a dispatcher for AAA Emergency Service, they asked for a mission statement and I said.."To bring Order to Chaos."
.I got out of a lot of meetings.
|Ed Mohrmann ||23 Jul 2013 8:15 p.m. PST|
Saber6's comment is apropos. Next will be management's
Wretched, retched world
|MahanMan ||23 Jul 2013 11:23 p.m. PST|
|Militia Pete ||24 Jul 2013 4:44 a.m. PST|
Here is one:
Quality is defined by customers.
You can also now start on the corporate core values
|jdpintex||24 Jul 2013 6:30 a.m. PST|
Meh, Mission Statements are easy.
Just wait until you have to develop Management Systems and Control Frameworks. Then you'll really know what hell is. :)
| The Tin Dictator ||24 Jul 2013 7:22 a.m. PST|
"We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganization; and what a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization."
– Petronius Arbiter – Greek Navy – 210 BC
| Waco Joe ||24 Jul 2013 3:19 p.m. PST|
ooh ooh ooh. Does anyone else have to "close the loop" each year?
Gotta love it.
|Militia Pete ||25 Jul 2013 5:56 a.m. PST|
I remember with "Big Evil Shipping Company" in 2008 we had cost controls. This included a 5% reduction in salary, elimination of bonuses (15% of a managers pay) 301k match, and no pay increases unless it was a promotion.
This was in order to keep other team members employed.
Yea, three months later a bunch got laid off.
Just a note, we never got our 5% (plus 3% cost of living increase) back. But, the stock is above $100 USD dollars !??????
|zippyfusenet ||26 Jul 2013 3:56 p.m. PST|
And Catbert, the evil Human Resources Director, was purring
Did you buy any of your own company stock and benefit that way? It's the American thing to do, to bet on yourself. Just make sure you diverify that 401K, 'cause what goes up must come down.
|Jemima Fawr ||27 Jul 2013 11:51 a.m. PST|
I've always used a variation of "To crush your enemies, see them run before you and hear the lamentations of their women."
|Talisman||27 Jul 2013 6:08 p.m. PST|
My favorite mission statement;
Satisfy your clients.