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In most companies, if you privately ask an average employee what he or she thinks of the corporate mission statement, you'll probably get either a blank stare or a muffled snigger.   That's because mission statements tell but don't show.  The same thing is true everywhere in every organization. Regardless of how managers tell employees to behave, they'll actually do whatever management shows them is the most advantageous way to behave.

Management Rule No. 1: Show Don't Tell

In most companies, if you privately ask an average employee what he or she thinks of the corporate mission statement, you'll probably get either a blank stare or a muffled snigger. That's because mission statements tell but don't show. The same thing is true everywhere in every organization. Regardless of how managers tell employees to behave, they'll actually do whatever management shows them is the most advantageous way to behave.

The Eight-Word Mission Statement | Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Eight-Word Mission Statement | Stanford Social Innovation Review

Your company’s guiding principles should be built to focus your employees’ thinking, decisions, and actions.

Your company’s guiding principles should be built to focus your employees’ thinking, decisions, and actions.

Using Google hangouts...business, school and home...easy conferencing and new enhanced features continually added

Here's Help To Get Your Business Started With Google+ Hangouts On Air

Using Google hangouts...business, school and home...easy conferencing and new enhanced features continually added

Since the end of the recession in 2009, inflation-adjusted spending by the top 5% of U.S. earners has risen 17%, compared with just a 1% ave...

Spending Growth Comes from the Wealthy, Not the Middle

Since the end of the recession in 2009, inflation-adjusted spending by the top 5% of U.S. earners has risen 17%, compared with just a 1% ave...

Despite this volatile environment, directors recognize a good integrated strategy still requires a differentiating vision statement, mission statement, a list of credible strategic goals and business strategy priorities. They look for the strategy to answer three main questions:  Where are we going? (Takes into account the product marketplace, type of business and geographical market.) How are we going to get there? (The manner in which the company goes to market, including talent management…

Despite this volatile environment, directors recognize a good integrated strategy still requires a differentiating vision statement, mission statement, a list of credible strategic goals and business strategy priorities. They look for the strategy to answer three main questions: Where are we going? (Takes into account the product marketplace, type of business and geographical market.) How are we going to get there? (The manner in which the company goes to market, including talent management…

Company Culture is the overall atmosphere within your office. It's what makes people love (or hate) their jobs. What is your company doing in order to make sure they have a kick ass company culture? We're working on a way to gamify the office experience to create a better company culture for offices of all sizes and finding a fun way to recognize employees, learn more at www.officevibe.com

Company Culture is the overall atmosphere within your office. It's what makes people love (or hate) their jobs. What is your company doing in order to make sure they have a kick ass company culture? We're working on a way to gamify the office experience to create a better company culture for offices of all sizes and finding a fun way to recognize employees, learn more at www.officevibe.com

Good Governance Makes Tax Compliance More Likely, Says IRS Study

Good Governance Makes Tax Compliance More Likely, Says IRS Study

Regardless of what position they hold or what industry they operate within, today’s leaders need to make sure that their actions and words serve to answer this one important question – what is our purpose?  Granted, as leaders, we all understand the importance of creating and communicating a vision or mission statement that serves to tell both our employees and those we hope to serve what it is that we create or offer.  Unfortunately, when it comes to defining that vision for our…

Regardless of what position they hold or what industry they operate within, today’s leaders need to make sure that their actions and words serve to answer this one important question – what is our purpose? Granted, as leaders, we all understand the importance of creating and communicating a vision or mission statement that serves to tell both our employees and those we hope to serve what it is that we create or offer. Unfortunately, when it comes to defining that vision for our…

A verb, a target population, and an outcome that implies something to measure—and we want in eight words or less.

A verb, a target population, and an outcome that implies something to measure—and we want in eight words or less.

Make meaning. "The start of great innovation is to make meaning -- that is, to change the world," Kawasaki said. That's what Google did with information; it's what eBay did with commerce; and what Apple did with computing, he said. Make a mantra. Rather than an aspirational, hard-to-remember mission statement, Kawasaki's second art of innovation tip is to create a mantra. "Two or three words that can define what your innovation does, what your product does, what your service does so that…

Make meaning. "The start of great innovation is to make meaning -- that is, to change the world," Kawasaki said. That's what Google did with information; it's what eBay did with commerce; and what Apple did with computing, he said. Make a mantra. Rather than an aspirational, hard-to-remember mission statement, Kawasaki's second art of innovation tip is to create a mantra. "Two or three words that can define what your innovation does, what your product does, what your service does so that…

Here's A Simple Body Language Trick That Will Increase Your Audience's Trust In You - Forbes

Here's A Simple Body Language Trick That Will Increase Your Audience's Trust In You

Here's A Simple Body Language Trick That Will Increase Your Audience's Trust In You - Forbes

Common Core 101 for Academic Librarians | From the Bell Tower : What do academic librarians need to know?

Common Core 101 for Academic Librarians | From the Bell Tower : What do academic librarians need to know?

A 24/7 out of office note is unusual for anyone in today’s working world, let alone a tech CEO, but Unsworth’s message isn’t your standard auto reply: it’s a personal and professional mission statement addressing how we use and live with technology.

This CEO's Success Hack Will Probably Shock You

A 24/7 out of office note is unusual for anyone in today’s working world, let alone a tech CEO, but Unsworth’s message isn’t your standard auto reply: it’s a personal and professional mission statement addressing how we use and live with technology.

Corporate Messages Focus Employees — 81% of respondents found their mission statement helpful in keeping them focused and aligned on what’s important to the company overall. Few Firms Have Clear & Consistent Definitions — Only 29% responded that their company has a clear and consistent definition for the term “‘innovation’” that applies across the entire organization.

Corporate Messages Focus Employees — 81% of respondents found their mission statement helpful in keeping them focused and aligned on what’s important to the company overall. Few Firms Have Clear & Consistent Definitions — Only 29% responded that their company has a clear and consistent definition for the term “‘innovation’” that applies across the entire organization.

Tell Me One Thing You Would Change About Your Last Job - In Photos: 10 Toughest Interview Questions: Answered - Forbes

Tell Me One Thing You Would Change About Your Last Job - In Photos: 10 Toughest Interview Questions: Answered - Forbes