Photo taken by Rachel Greiman on a cold Denver, Colorado December day.
I have never been on a board, though I have surely been bored. In fact, I bore quite easily, so the thought of being bored on a board, well, that simply bores me.
But, I’ve been invited to join a board here in Denver, with my five-year term beginning in January 2014. And I don’t think it’ll be boring at all.
Do you know the Denver Rescue Mission? The Millers have been “friends of the Mission” since 1998. It’s a venerable (love that word!) organization founded in 1892, and it’s truly a mission on a mission with a mission. In fact, they have something every outstanding organization has:
Clarity of Purpose
In other words, they know why they exist.
Here is Brad Meuli, CEO of the Denver Rescue Mission, in his own words, excerpted from Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional:
Our 150 person staff gets up every morning wanting to come to work! How else would it be possible to serve 800 homeless people on any given day and 700,000 meals annually? How else would it be possible to love and encourage those who have alienated everyone in their life because of substance abuse, and then see their lives changed to that of productive, self-sufficient citizens free from addiction? This is why we exist.
Imagine, where you work, each team member knowing exactly why the organization exists—and knowing exactly why they exist!
If you can see that in your mind’s eye, you can imagine an organizational culture with very little blame, finger-pointing, excuse-making, water-cooler whining, confusion, resistance to change, victim and entitlement thinking, and procrastination, inertia, and lethargy!
In an organization like this, outstanding people don’t have time for Not my job! Not my department! Not my problem! thinking and behavior. They’re too busy …
Getting. The. Job. Done.
And what drives individuals like that is being able to answer two crucial questions:
Why do I exist?
Why does my organization exist?
Having the ability to answer those questions gives any person zeal, zest, focus, drive, and energy! Said more succinctly:
Purpose Powers Passion
Um, dare I say …Amen!
So let’s each discover our personal purpose and take personal accountability for understanding/defining our organization’s mission, so we can possess the clarity and passion needed to power through any day. Not only will it be a meaningful journey, believe you me, there will be nothing boring about it!
Questions for discussion:
Why do I exist? Why does my organization exist? How does answering these key questions add value to my organization and to my life? Comment below, we’d love to hear from you!
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