June 2014: Connecting Your Personal and Organizational Mission

In this Issue

Opening Remarks

Most organizations have a mission statement but many of the people who work in those organizations don’t have a sense of personal mission.  In this edition of Transforming Challenges, consultants Tom Reid and Anne Skorski lay out the case for creating a personal mission statement and finding the connections between it and your organization’s mission.

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The Reid Group News

  • Tom Reid and Greg Cascione presented a half-day in-service on major gift fundraising for the development staff at John Carroll University in mid-May.
  • John Reid and Maureen Gallagher have been hired by Abbott Lawrence and the monks at St. Gregory Abbey in Shawnee OK to help develop a long-range plan for a sustainable future.
  • Tom Reid participated in the A. J. Gallagher symposium in Napa CA in early June, meeting with other Gallagher strategic partners.
  • Greg Cascione has been hired by Christo Rey high school in Detroit to develop their donor base by reaching out to the alumni of the now-closed Most Holy Redeemer high school.
  • Lucien Roy is at work on the final brochure in the Strengthening Catholic Identity series, a  joint project with the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.  The final brochure will focus on the subject of Admissions.  You can find the series posted on our web site.
  • Maureen Gallagher and John Reid met with the extended planning committee of the Sinsinawa Dominicans in Chicago to help finalize plans for the Community Days in August and to work on the near-final 10-year plan for the Community.

So as you look at your individual or organizational future, what are your challenges? Could you benefit from skilled support? Give us a call at 206-432-3565 or send us ane-mail to start transforming those challenges into opportunities.

We are pleased to announce the next in The Reid Group teleseminar series.

Date:June 18, 2014

Time:  2 p.m. PT, 3 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. CT, 5 pm ET

Topic: Connect Your Personal and Organizational Mission

The call will be hosted by Tom Reid and Anne Skorski, Consultants with The Reid Group.

Can you recite your organization’s mission from memory? How many of your colleagues can? Do you have a personal mission statement that you can recite by heart?  We believe that deepening the connection between a sense of personal mission and the mission statement of the organization will help build greater synergy with your board and colleagues.

During this teleseminar, important information and practical suggestions will be presented for promoting synergy between your organization’s mission and the personal mission of your staff and board members.  In addition, the conversation will offer tips for engaging your colleagues in constructive conversation leading to more committed action.

Feature Focus

Connecting Who You Are with What You Do

Tom Reid, Senior Consultant

Tom Reid, Senior Consultant

Your playing small does not serve the world . . . We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us…
Marianne Williamson

If you ask any group of people if their organization has a mission statement, most of the hands will go up. Ask how many have a personal mission statement, however, and you’ll see far fewer hands in the air.

A person in one group even told us she didn’t think she was important enough to have a mission.

That person’s issues of self-esteem aside, why is it important for everyone in an organization to have an understanding of both personal and organizational mission?

The lack of connection between personal and organizational mission manifests itself in a lack of engagement in the workplace. A study by Gallup in 2013found that less than 30% of workers feel engaged in their work which has an impact on both performance and productivity.


Anne Skorski, Consultant

But it’s hard to expect people to be engaged in the organization’s mission when they don’t have a personal sense of mission. If you don’t know what you value most and the skills you bring to the table, you have little chance of truly valuing or engaging with the work you are doing and the organization you work for. When you do know what you value and how that connects to the organization’s values, you are a more productive and effective leader.

At some point, individuals need to take responsibility for developing their mission statement. Look for resources in your organization or find a coach who can help you define and articulate your mission.

If you do have a sense of personal mission, but you find that it doesn’t align with your organization’s mission, you can address this with someone in your organization who can help you find the points of connection. Or with someone outside the organization who can give you a different perspective or help you find a better fit.

Connecting personal and organizational mission creates a synergy that produces a better working environment, better employee relations and a better customer or client experience. And playing small-minimizing the importance of your mission or its connection to your organizational life-does not serve the world.


The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning

art of change cover

Think about what your organization could do if the process of planning met the inevitability of change head-on—and it resulted in significant success.

Organizations large and small, religious and secular, for-profit and not-for-profit, successful and unsuccessful, go through change. John Reid and Maureen Gallagher of the Reid Group have been instrumental in helping many groups discover the power of Prophetic Planning. This book presents a complete overview with detailed information that any organization will find useful in understanding how to plan for change.

The Art of Change: Faith, Vision and Prophetic Planning, and its companion CD are now available from Liguori Publications as well as from Amazon.com.

And that’s it for this month. Look for Transforming Challenges next month–and until then, have a good day and a great week.
Kathy Johnson, Editor, Transforming Challenges
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