Does Your Organization Have 2020 Vision?
Vision wins in marketing, but for vision to win, we need to have the right structure.
Several years ago, we researched the definition and examples of vision, mission, core values, and brand promises.
And the information was all over the place. People were structuring and organizing these statements in tons of different ways. The word we like to use to describe what we found is cattywampus.
So after reading and researching, we compiled a structure for these statements that helps you win!
Get 2020 Vision
Vision is the north star, and the “why” guides every step. The purpose of a properly written vision statement is to create a mental picture of the future charged with inspiration that can serve to energize, clarify, and inspire you, your team, donors, clients, and the community around your organization.
Here’s your vision statement checklist to ensure your vision isn’t cattywampus:
✓ Easy to understand
Compelling visions won’t have core values or mission statements. They are aspirational. Some of our favorite examples of powerful vision statements include:
- “Champions for Christ” – Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- “Make America Great Again” – President Donald Trump
- “Change; Yes We Can” – President Barack Obama
So, what is your why?
After you’ve determined your “why” in your vision statement, you can develop your mission statements.
Your mission statement answers the who, what, when, where, and how questions. Since mission statements are the steps to the vision, they can be much longer, and you can have multiple statements.
If you picture your organization as a home, your vision is the roof, and your mission statements are some of the pillars that support the roof.
At The Core
Mission statements are the “How” while vision is the “Why” and the core values are “What” is important to the organization.
But every company also has a unique set of core values, and they support the vision and decision making processes within the organization.
You don’t want your core values in your vision statement. Vision doesn’t win there.
Instead, you want to identify them as core values. Core values are part of your company’s DNA. They define what your organization stands for, highlighting an expected and idealized set of behaviors and skills.
These values can come from the executive team or the original visionary. An easy place to start with the core values is to ask the question “What makes you mad?”
So you’ve got a few questions to ask yourself and your team: why, who, when, where, how, and what. These questions are the building blocks from which you can create your 2020 vision.
A properly written vision statement backed by mission statements and core values will unify your team and open up an entirely new set of avenues and possibilities, which by itself is a tremendous source of passion and energy.
My heart is full this morning. That’s the only word that I know how to use to describe what I’m feeling…full of hope, full of excitement…very alive – today is kind of like its own little freedom adventure. I love it! I’m looking forward to more days with a heart full of purpose and destiny.Debbie Vosburgh
My time with Dave Jones clarified and crystallized my purpose and mission in life, allowing me to quit wasting time on "good" projects and instead spend my life in the "sweet spot" of my passion and purpose!Rick Green
I have more focus with all my passions - serving the community. I’m able to communicate what I'm here to do, and it's been great because I don't have to waste my time doing things that are not necessary for me.Jackie Omotosho