Mission vs. Vision LO26807

From: Richard Webster (webster.1@osu.edu)
Date: 06/11/01

Replying to LO26782 --

LO Colleagues - replying to LO26782:

One more contribution about vision and mission, and values, for your
consideration and comment.

The content and logic of this "V-M-V" model are the work of Frank Voehl,
Chair of ASQ's (American Society for Quality) Community Quality Council
Committee -- CQCC, web site <www.asq.org/net/divisions/cqcc>.

CQCC works to forward CQCs in cities, counties, or other contiguous
geographical areas with common economic / political / social interests and
problems that enterprises in the community can come together to identify,
reach agreement on priorities and work to reduce / solve / overcome.

There are some 200 CQCs in the U.S. and Canada, and perhaps "room" for
some 200 more. ASQ's CQCC continues to work to support existing CQCs and
encourage formation of new ones. Pleased to provide more information to
those interested. I have found this a great opportunity for those
interested in LO, and OL, and building learning communities within and
across enterprises -- all of this, for short: "OL/LOC."

Of course organizational learning and building learning organizations and
communities (within and across enterprises and other group in the
community - OL/LOC for short) is a key element of success for CQCs when
working on their community problems. Again: for more information see the
CQCC web site at <www.asq.org/net/divisions/cqcc>

And about "Values - Mission - Vision" (V-M-V):

 * Values: "what we believe that brought us to where we are now." Values

 * Mission: "what we are actually doing now" in the conduct of enterprise.

Reflecting on Values and Mission (a "visioning" process) can lead to
writing a

 * Vision: "what we really want to do in the future."

>From reflecting on Frank Voehl's "V-M-V" model, and Bob Greenleaf's
writing on Servant Leadership, and MANY other leadership writings, I
propose the following definition of "Leadership:

Each person who occupies a position of leadership, or who aspires to
leadership, is responsible for serving, learning, and developing.

        * Serving other members of her or his work group, unit, the
enterprise, and other enterprise stakeholders by planning, managing,
enabling, sustaining, improving, and conserving.
        * Learning, consciously and continually, as the basis for
self-development and continual improvement, for organizational learning
and building learning organizations and communities (OL/LOC for short).
        * Developing by continually changing, growing and improving, to
succeed in the accomplishment of mission and vision: work-related
("on-the-job") and personally.

What do others think of these working definitions?

Best - Dick Webster

Richard S. Webster, Ph.D. - President
Personal Resources Management Institute (PRMI)
709 Wesley Court - The Village Green - Worthington, OH 43085-3558
eMail <webster.1@osu.edu>, tel 614-433-7144, fax 614-433-71-88

>>> on 6/6/01 Jan Lelie wrote in LO26782:

> without reading the other replies and bombarding myself as any industry
> expert, i'd argue: both.
> A mission is what somebody with a prefered learning style called "doing"
> or actions and the concrete needs from a vision (see the chapter "The
> wheel of Learning" in the LO Fieldbook).
> A vision is what somebody with a prefered learning style called
> "connecting" or refections and the abstract wants from a mission. mission
> and vision are two sides of one four-side coin, the other two being
> "values" and "strategy". Ideally we should strive to make cycles -
> values--> vision --> strategy --> mission --> values, but because
> everybody has his or hers preferences ("Addiction"), because some
> situations prefer some preference ("Success to the Successful"), most
> people are under stress ("Shifting the Burden") and not everybody has
> learned to accomodate or accept ones "self" ("Growth and
> Underinvestment"), we start to argue vision over mission or vice versa and
> get lost. (these are the archetypes from ST i connect to the problems
> that come with development).
> I prefer the picture of a mandala: a square with the four sides and a
> circle between the corners. Something like this:
> . Principles
[Host's Note: Jan msg was truncated... See today's distribution. ..Rick]


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