Tip #1 – Relate everything back to the Mission, Vision, and Values (MVV)
Every organization has a mission. Most have a Vision. And, many have Values. These important cornerstones are what make organizations great. Without them, how would we know if we’re doing what we’re supposed to be doing? The MVV define what the purpose of an organization is (Mission), what they want to become (Vision) and how they behave (Values).
So, why is it important to relate everything back to the MVV?
The answer: 1.) to insure we’re achieving our purpose
2.) to stay on the right track
3.) Employee Engagement
If you analyze organizations, you’ll find that high-performers have engaged employees and low-performers have disengaged employees. High-performers have employees who actually wake up excited to go to work and low-performers have employees who dread getting up in the morning. High-performers provide great customer satisfaction, produce a high quality product, do well financially and are usually growing their business. Low-performers aren’t.
Deep down, most people want to be a part of something larger than themselves. It could be a team, a church, a service organization, a family or a business. This is in our DNA and it’s what inspires, motivates, and makes us excited.
Most people go to work for organizations where they believe their personal mission is aligned with that of the organization. This connection is more than a paycheck, it’s a connection with their HEART. If we don’t continually communicate the fact that the organization is achieving it’s MVV, many employees can begin to believe that it’s not. If that happens, we have disengaged employees and poor performance. It is does happen, we have engaged employees and great results.
For most organizations, the MVV are somewhat theoretical or philosophical so it’s important to “operationalize” the MVV somehow. TIP #2 will discuss how to do that.