So how did we do it? Well it started with engaging a third party provider (yes we ask for help too) who could help us on our journey. While this is a service we offer to our clients, we knew we wanted to engage someone who could facilitate a strategic session, so we could contribute fully versus playing a dual role of facilitator and participant. This was really important for us as it enabled us to focus solely on the process at hand, without circling back to operational matters.
All Directors, shareholders and staff were included, we put our ideas on the table and ran sessions that would ultimately help establish our vision, mission and values, and how this would shape the culture of our business alongside how we would be able to support our diverse portfolio of clients. The sky was the limit!
Irrespective of the size of your organisation, whether you can have everyone involved in the face to face planning and workshopping phase or not. It is crucial that everyone is involved throughout the journey. It is important everyone understands where you are going and what you are doing. Why? Because, the exciting thing about that flows out of creating a clear vision, mission and values for an organisation is that it feeds directly into culture and the performance of the organisation.
So what exactly is a vision and a mission statement, and what are values?