Do you ever have moments when you realize that you've forgotten something basic in the clutter of time and process? So I felt at our bi-annual planning meeting last week when we were to discuss the company's Mission Statement.
I had failed to connect that we actually had developed our Mission Statement at an earlier planning meeting, and the Action Item to review and develop new "tag lines" for this statement actually represented an updating and clarification, rather than "create from scratch" process. But, no, I went out over the Christmas period, blogging my thoughts on this topic, and coming up with some tentative wording for a new Mission Statement.
Well, all this came crashing down to earth when facilitator/consultant Bill Caswell pointed out the page number and specific references to the Mission Statement in the corporate business plan. So here we have the company president, in front of the entire team, having to admit he had obviously forgotten to reread the plan before trying to reinvent the wheel.
The Purpose of Construction News and Report is to provide news about the construction industry. Specifically our purpose includes providing news that readers wouldn’t otherwise get, devoid of prejudice, so that readers can make better, more informed decisions and, in turn, provide better business solutions that serve their own clients. At the same time, Construction News sets out to be the heartbeat of the industry that binds people together, and to provide value to the readers.
The five-year Vision of Construction News and Report is, by 2012, to be functionally operational in at least 12 locations across North America with annual sales above $6 million. A longer-term vision is, by 2020, to be functionally operational2 in at least 30 locations around the world3.
The Values of Construction News and Report, to which we will adhere as we execute our Purpose in quest of our Vision, are:
· To report with objectivity, avoiding undue influence in editorial content
· To have integrity in all that we do, including reporting and operations
Appended to the Mission Statement is this note: