Connecting the dots aka don’t assume! Having a well-articulated statement of purpose and explicated values in an organization is just the start. Then the real work starts – connecting that purpose and values not only to every day behaviors but to every single person in your organization. What good is it to have a well-crafted statement of purpose if the people who work there don’t understand it or worse don’t feel it applies to what they are doing? It’s not any good!
So, you start to connect the dots – connect the purpose of your organization to the people within your organization. Everyone has a role to play for the purpose to be fulfilled but do they know that? Does everyone from the custodial staff to the CEO understand how their individual “doing” is connected to fulfilling the purpose of the organization? Does everyone understand how the core values or guiding principles apply to their role? And I’m talking about practical applications of those values in every day work. The way I see it, if a person’s role in an organization doesn’t help fulfill the purpose – then I see no purpose in that role. Everyone is connected and responsible for fulfilling the purpose.
Unity is a powerful force in any organization. If you have a powerful purpose, one that inspires, think how much more fulfilling it is to work within such an organization. A receptionist can answer the phone and greet clients/customers anywhere. A good salesperson can sell anything. But when you take those talents and put them in service of an inspiring purpose… well, that is where they find a sense of purpose and personal fulfillment. Now you have a workforce that is engaged and striving, in concert with one another, towards something they all feel is worthy.
Now it’s time to get to work. It’s time to connect the dots and create that unity of purpose that pervades the entire scope of your organization and takes you to the next level of excellence. And if connecting dots is not your thing, know it’s mine. Contact me so we can create a pathway to your success.