In 2013, I was honored to be selected to take part in the NAMIC (National Association For Multi-Ethnicity In Communications) Leadership Seminar. For three, amazing, inspirational and information filled days, I learned about management styles, leadership, networking, diversity, power and influence, my Myers Briggs type (ENFJ), how to handle difficult conversations and much more. But surprisingly, one of the main take-a-ways for me was about creating your own personal mission statement.
Often times when I hear the words “mission statement”, I think of Jerry Maguire. You guys all know the cringe worthy scene (seriously it made me uncomfortable) that I am talking about. Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise, has just been fired for emailing a mission statement (to the whole office) about the corrupt world of sports management. He passionately asks his colleagues to follow him as he creates a new company and only the lonely Dorothy Boyd, played by Renee Zellwegger follows Jerry on his crusade.
At first, I did not want to create a personal mission statement and have to read it to my coworkers/families/friends and then have radio silence…or the one person who slow claps, assumes others will join in, and then no one does. But, once our facilitator delved into why you should have a personal mission statement, it was pretty eye-opening and helpful!
The facilitator of this seminar was a wonderfully smart and creative woman named Robin Denise Johnson, PH.D. , who wrote a book called Career By Design. It is fantastic…read it. In the book (and during the seminar), she discusses how your personal mission statement is all about your values; things that are important to you in your personal and professional life. You should live by these values. If your personal mission statement is not reflected in your life and/or career, then you are not living by it…so something needs to change, either your values, career, or life. #PREACH. Dr. Johnson notes that your mission statement should be empowering, present tense, positive, concise, and combine personality, interests and skills. We had to choose only 5 values, from a long list of personal and professional values, to create our statement. So what was mine?
I am happy being with my DIVERSE FAMILY and friends, TRUSTing them and my co-workers, and using my COMMUNICATION skills to GROW.
The words capitalized and in bold were the 5 things I valued most at the time…and I believe I still do. I love DIVERSE people, places and things. My FAMILY are the most important people in my life. If I cannot TRUST you, then we will not get along. COMMUNICATION is key, especially in my career of partnerships and marketing. I need to be in a career where I can GROW and become better at what I do and gain more responsibility. I can’t say that I am 100% living my mission statement, so does that mean something needs to change? Yes…obvi! I am about to start reading Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job.Kill It In Your Career.Rock Social Media. by Aliza Licht, the “voice” behind DKNY’s @dkny twitter handle. I have read a snippet and it is really good! Perhaps my mission statement will change!
What’s your mission statement?
Source: Robin Denise Johnson, P.H.D. (2013) Career By Design San Bernadino, CA: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform