The Mission Statement         Workshop (part 1)       © Vikram Rangala (vikram@thenewcapitalist.org)Creative Commons: dist...
Example: Jerry MaguireDorothy: "I care about the job, but mostly I just  want to be inspired. What you wrote inspired    m...
A Thought Experiment  Source: The Soul’s Code, James Hillman         Drawn from Plato’s Republic Before we are born, our s...
Mission Statements Tell us who we are and what we’re               living for. Unchanging center in the midst of          ...
Mission Statements      Must be written,    not just thought about.  Must be revised regularly.Must be individual and uniq...
Mission Statements For individuals, families, companies,          organizations, nations     Declaration of Independence  ...
Some quotes All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Our thoughts of today determine ourlife of tomorrow. Li...
Some quotesNothing happens unless first a dream.             —Carl Sandburg
Some quotesAll great deeds and all great thoughts have a      ridiculous beginning. —Albert Camus
Some quotesWhere there is no vision, the people perish...                —Proverbs, 29:18
Some quotesIt is only with the heart that one can see rightly;       what is essential is invisible to the eye.           ...
Some quotesYou reach a certain age where you’re no longer  waiting for the man you’re going to become. You better start be...
Some quotesAsk, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall   find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every on...
Some quotesSome men see things as they are, and say, “Why?”      I dream of things that never were,          and say, “Why...
Some quotesWe must become   the change we wish to see. —Mohandas Gandhi
Some quotes   Whatever you can do,or dream you can, begin it.    Boldness has genius,  power, and magic in it.—Johann Wolf...
Writing a Mission StatementA way to explore your mind and learn to trust it.  Trusting one’s mind is a basic skill for wri...
QuestionsWhat do you dream about? What dream do you have that no one knows about? What   would give you great pain, years ...
QuestionsIf you had a week to live, what would you absolutely have to do, to feel you    had made the most of your life?  ...
QuestionsWhat do you secretly suspect you’d be   very good at if you ever had the  chance? How would you feel if you      ...
QuestionsWhen someone a hundred years from now says your name, what feelings would you want that person to feel?   Will yo...
Questions What do you value most in life?  What values are you absolutely  committed to standing for? What    would pain y...
QuestionsHow do you want to contribute to others in              the future? What do you have to offer right now to    som...
QuestionsWhose life really inspires you? Why?  Whose life scares you? What if yourlife began to resemble either of these  ...
QuestionsWhat injustices will you fight against?
QuestionsWhat painful or negative experiences have you had which could potentially make you stronger,     more capable, wi...
Final QuestionIts hard to answer and may sound strange, but it      will be a source of great power for you...
What are you pretending     not to know?
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A workshop I used to give my business students at the University of Florida. They loved it and many have written me years later saying they still use and revise the statement they wrote in class.
Advice on writing it
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  1. 1. The Mission Statement Workshop (part 1) © Vikram Rangala (vikram@thenewcapitalist.org)Creative Commons: distribute unaltered for non-commercial use. Email if youre interested in a live, expanded mission workshop
  2. 2. Example: Jerry MaguireDorothy: "I care about the job, but mostly I just want to be inspired. What you wrote inspired me. Im working with you because of that memo. I loved that memo." Jerry: “It was a mission statement.” Mission statement written before screenplay http://www.thisisawar.com/PurposeJerry.htm
  3. 3. A Thought Experiment Source: The Soul’s Code, James Hillman Drawn from Plato’s Republic Before we are born, our souls choose the circumstances of our birth and enter this world for a purpose.If so, our job is to discover something that already exists and is in progress.
  4. 4. Mission Statements Tell us who we are and what we’re living for. Unchanging center in the midst of change.Commitments. Promises to ourselves and those who matter to us. Give us a vision on which to act.
  5. 5. Mission Statements Must be written, not just thought about. Must be revised regularly.Must be individual and unique.Must resonate deep within us.
  6. 6. Mission Statements For individuals, families, companies, organizations, nations Declaration of Independence Like a nation’s Constitution A place to go when in doubtA source of guidance, inspiration, and connection to something greater
  7. 7. Some quotes All that we are is the result of what we have thought. Our thoughts of today determine ourlife of tomorrow. Life is a creation of the mind. —The Buddha
  8. 8. Some quotesNothing happens unless first a dream. —Carl Sandburg
  9. 9. Some quotesAll great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. —Albert Camus
  10. 10. Some quotesWhere there is no vision, the people perish... —Proverbs, 29:18
  11. 11. Some quotesIt is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. —Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  12. 12. Some quotesYou reach a certain age where you’re no longer waiting for the man you’re going to become. You better start being the man you want to be. —Bruce Springsteen, 60 Minutes interview, 1/21/96
  13. 13. Some quotesAsk, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. —The Book of Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)
  14. 14. Some quotesSome men see things as they are, and say, “Why?” I dream of things that never were, and say, “Why not?” —George Bernard Shaw, quoted by Robert F. Kennedy
  15. 15. Some quotesWe must become the change we wish to see. —Mohandas Gandhi
  16. 16. Some quotes Whatever you can do,or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  17. 17. Writing a Mission StatementA way to explore your mind and learn to trust it. Trusting one’s mind is a basic skill for writers and leaders. Ernest Hemingway put it this way: “What every writer needs is a built-in, shock-proof, shit detector.”Recognize and exchange illusions for something closer to the truth.
  18. 18. QuestionsWhat do you dream about? What dream do you have that no one knows about? What would give you great pain, years from now, to say “I never did ________.”? Why would it be painful?
  19. 19. QuestionsIf you had a week to live, what would you absolutely have to do, to feel you had made the most of your life? Why? What if you had a month, six months, a year?
  20. 20. QuestionsWhat do you secretly suspect you’d be very good at if you ever had the chance? How would you feel if you actually did it?
  21. 21. QuestionsWhen someone a hundred years from now says your name, what feelings would you want that person to feel? Will your name be a source of strength, just to say it?
  22. 22. Questions What do you value most in life? What values are you absolutely committed to standing for? What would pain you if others said,“He/she doesn’t care about _____?”
  23. 23. QuestionsHow do you want to contribute to others in the future? What do you have to offer right now to someone who walks into the room needing help?
  24. 24. QuestionsWhose life really inspires you? Why? Whose life scares you? What if yourlife began to resemble either of these in significant ways? What would be the signs? What would you do about it?
  25. 25. QuestionsWhat injustices will you fight against?
  26. 26. QuestionsWhat painful or negative experiences have you had which could potentially make you stronger, more capable, wiser, and better able to contribute positively to others?How would it feel to turn those experiences into sources of strength? What pain will you feel tenyears from now if you have not turned them into sources of power?
  27. 27. Final QuestionIts hard to answer and may sound strange, but it will be a source of great power for you...
  28. 28. What are you pretending not to know?

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