There's rarely a need to recycle a sundial
Project Management

How to recycle what’s already in use

I was not prepared to recycle my mission.

As this new adventure takes shape, I knew my next step was to make sure my company has a mission worthy of the vision I just created.

It wasn’t until I sat down that I realized my existing mission statement fit perfectly well and I didn’t have to change it’s meaning at all.

It’s good to recycle, right?!

But today I learned that you can’t actually recycle something you didn’t throw away in the first place.

Do you already know what my company’s mission is?

If you know much about me at all, you’ll know I’ve had the same approach to life since I was a teenager, since I found my feet the first time I came to the USA in the glorious mid 1980s.

“Helping others accomplish far more than they ever thought possible.”

Yeah, that’s it!

I’m sure you’ve heard or read that before! In some format or other.

So why should my new company’s mission be any different?

Because my company is not based on me as a personality, that’s why.

But I still like it, so I’m still going to use it.

Here’s the company mission:

As a business operations consultancy, we want to develop, share, implement and maintain efficient and effective admin systems and processes that promote excellence, so that small businesses, government agencies and not-for-profits can accomplish far more than they ever thought possible!

Like that? How did I come up with that wording?

Everything already existed

That last sentence is how I’ve lived my life since I can remember.

The first bit is who we are, the second bit is what we do and comes directly from our name, e3.

Three Es: efficiency, effectiveness and excellence.

e3 = three e's. We like to recycle letters, too!

And the last bit starts with who we’re going to help.

All these bits are in our vision script, and I decided to use the formula that Agile project managers love for building their next two-week sprint of work, their “user stories.”

As a… I want to… so that…

What’s your mission?

Or are you still working on your vision?

Questions to ask yourself:

  1. Now I know what the future looks like, do I know what I do in the present?
  2. Who am I, what do I do, and why do I do it?
  3. Am I okay being guided by a compass (such as a mission statement), or would I prefer to “fly by the seat of my pants?”

Be sure to join me on my journey of developing a new company, and perhaps we can help you develop and grow yours at the same time. Write to me here.

If the bible is your compass, check out this song by Don Francisco: