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How can you create a concise and memorable strategic mission statement?


As a transformational business coach with a successful business under my belt, I urge you not to underestimate the value of a strategic mission statement. It needs to be concise and memorable and that’s tough. But it must encapsulate the essence of an organisation's purpose and direction.


So, read below to see how I get cracking on creating mission statements that have the wow factor but which succinctly encompass all that the business is:


Clarify: It’s essential to clarify the organisation's core values, vision, and long-term objectives. By aligning the mission statement with these foundational elements, we can ensure it resonates authentically with stakeholders and serves as a guiding beacon for strategic decision-making. If you don’t have deep-level understanding of these, you won’t convey your message clearly to others.


Simplify: You should push for simplicity and clarity in language when articulating the mission statement. Avoiding jargon or overly complex terminology ensures that the message is easily understood and memorable to a wide audience, including employees, customers, and partners.


Define the unique: I encourage organisations to focus on expressing the unique value proposition or competitive advantage they offer. By highlighting what sets them apart from competitors and emphasising their strengths, the mission statement becomes more compelling and differentiated.


Inspire: I recommend incorporating aspirational language that inspires and motivates stakeholders to rally behind the organisation's mission. Using positive and action-oriented wording can instil a sense of purpose and drive alignment towards common goals.


Brevity: Ensure brevity and conciseness in the mission statement, aiming for a succinct expression of the organisation's purpose in just a few sentences. This ensures that the statement remains memorable and impactful, leaving a lasting impression on stakeholders. If you’re finding it tough as the one with all the knowledge, pull in the support of an external expert who can see the wood for the trees.


Make it authentic: There must be authenticity and alignment between the mission statement and the organisation's actions and behaviours. The statement should reflect the organisation's true values and commitments, guiding decision-making and shaping its culture and identity.


By following these principles, organisations can develop a mission statement that resonates deeply with stakeholders and guides strategic direction effectively. For a few lines of text, excellent mission statements take time and effort.

 



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