February 1998


Personalizing a mission statement helps employees focus

You've heard a lot about writing company mission statements, but have you ever thought of encouraging staff members to write personal mission statements? Maybe that unfocused salesman needs to ask himself where he's going. Perhaps the superseller who is burning out before your eyes needs to clarify her need to balance work and outside life.

Though your staff may eye you suspiciously when you ask them to do this, career counselors say it's a good idea, reports the Wall Street Journal's "Managing Your Career" columnist Hal Lancaster.

Bringing in a career counselor to lead a staff meeting on the topic is probably the way to go, because most people don't really have a clue about how to write such statements of direction.

One note of caution: you may be surprised to find out your office manager really wants to be in sales or that your favorite salesperson decides that selling isn't what he really wants out of life and quits. But often it's better to identify what your staffers really want out of a job - and what they're best suited to do. Then you can help them by matching their goals to the jobs at hand and end up with a more productive staff.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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