There are situations in life that cause us to question who we are and why we are here. For many of us, that happened during the last few months. As a leader, that’s a vulnerable position for you to be in. Many leaders have been so swept up in the chaos recently that their organization can experience mission drift.
What is mission drift? Put simply, it’s when your organization drifts from its mission/goal. Now, you may think it’ll never happen to you, but most times, people don’t even know it’s happening. They’re operating in a reactive mindset instead of a proactive mindset. In today’s blog post, I want to help you recognize what mission drift is and how to prevent it in your organization.
3 Ways to Avoid Mission Drift in Business
Define Your Mission, Vision, and Values
This might seem basic for some of you, but if you don’t have a mission or vision, how do you know where your company is headed? If you don’t have values, you won’t have anything guiding you when tough decisions come up. For more information on writing a mission statement, read this blog post. Your organization might already have mission, vision, and values, which is a great place to start. But let me ask you this: how often are you revisiting them? Hopefully, you’re reviewing them when it comes to decision making. Maybe you recently reviewed them as you were pivoting your business model. However, I suggest you revisit these yearly. This will help make sure your business is on track and therefore prevents mission drift. As a note, it’s okay if these things change! Just make sure everyone is on the same page in your organization.
Learn to Say No
Not every project will be right for your organization. Not every applicant will work with your team and your business. That’s okay! When you have a solid mission, you’ll start realizing that certain things don’t align. It can only benefit your business to say no in these situations. I know some leaders who are scared to say no! They’re worried that if they pass up on one opportunity, they’ll become obsolete. Sometimes, they just have decision fatigue so they begin saying yes to everything! If you want to avoid mission drift, you have to learn to say no.
Stop the Comparison Game
Comparison is one of the most toxic activities you as a leader can do. Why? Because you will start modeling your business after someone else’s plan. A hard truth everyone has to learn is that what God has for one person may not be what He has for you. Similar to the previous point, that’s okay! It’s actually great because God’s plan for you and your business are greater than you could even imagine (Ephesians 3:20). You have to keep your eyes on your game, and by aligning with your mission, vision, and values, you can prevent mission drift.
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Great truths Billy! Very helpful for me!
I would love to learn practical ways of communicating the mission / vision to staff regularly, especially if they are 2 or 3 levels down. Thank you!
Great to see you reading the blog! That’s a very important question, you might see an upcoming blog post on that very topic. Thanks for the suggestion!