Most non-profits have Vision, Mission and Values Statements. Very few have a business philosophy statement and yet, more than in any other business, a business philosophy statement is critical because of the huge turn-over of people at every level on a continuous basis.
In my workshops to boards of directors, I have discovered that most often the Vision, Mission and Values Statements don't align and, frequently, don't reflect the work of the organization as it exists today.
In this course, you'll:
People within organizations often don't pay too much attention to the Vision, Mission, and Values Statements. Rarely do they have a business philosophy statement. And, most people with the organizations, don't understand how important these statements are to how they succeed.
Ask the questions. Ask a lot of questions. You'll find that I have included a lot of questions which should be answered and suggest that you ask even more as you go through this process. The main segments need to be given thought to the point that answers are succinct and understood by anyone inside and outside the organization clearly.
Here's how the answers will come together -
Values - they are at the heart of the heart. They are the source. They are the connectors - what connects one person with another. For an organization, values attract people, resources, and a host of other tangibles and intangibles. Do you know what your values are? Not what you would like your values to be or what "looks good" but what inspires and gets the community supporting an idea - a cause. There are many lists - the trick is to find the values that support the work the organization does - not what somebody thinks will impress the outside world.
If I read y our Mission Statement, could I understand what you do for whom and how you do it? But what if it was on your website, would that Mission Statement make it clearer? Does your MIssion Statement in align with your values and your vision? Why?
Vision - what is it? Does Vision means accomplishing great things or many small things to improve your world? Did you ever wonder? Many have but no one has asked the question. What is a Vision really?
If you run a business, wouldn't it make sense to have a business philosophy statement by which to do business? Likely your reply would be affirmative. A non-profit is a business so why don't most non-profit not have a business philosophy statement? What difference do you think it would make?
If you're not convinced that taking the time to create these statements, here are a few more reasons which may fully connect the dots for you. You'll make your contributions in a shorter amount of time, have greater impact and accomplish far more in the limited amount of time you have to devote. Success breeds success and success increases influences. What motivates you?
Let's wrap it up.
I love to help people through teaching. I'm thrilled when people "get it" and their lives, in some small way, are made better as a result..
Currently, I have my own business, On Contract Only, offering services in facilitating, training, consulting and writing.
I have presented workshops for small business, non-profits and business groups on a variety of topics using the knowledge I've acquired during my eclectic career in management at senior levels in corporations, non-profits and governments. The range of enterprises has included: coaching, personal development, mining, manufacturing, import and export, real estate, recreation, performing arts, visual arts, advanced education, health, e-commerce, and small business.
I'm a lifelong learner and enjoy variety from geophysics to cooking. And I love meeting and communicating with people. Computers and the internet have been like a miracle to me - what an amazing development in human existence wherein people can connect from all over the world - instantly - and share thoughts, ideas and challenge what is for what could be.