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Vision, Mission and Values: An Exercise for Success

Updated: Aug 26, 2022

A great way to develop your mission is to have a sense of your vision.

I have come to the understanding that your mission is your function in the world; it’s how you will make a difference. The vision is where you see yourself going.

Once I was driving back home from a social gathering, and I experimented with the idea of the vision, mission and values of my trip.

I thought about my vision. My vision was to return safely to my condominium – a comfortable environment to relax. My mission was to drive within the speed limit and navigate an efficient path back home.

My values included awareness of the rules of the road, alertness and conscientiousness.

It’s helpful to think of where you want to go, then figure out the mission that will get you there.

This would work well when it comes to communicating with each other on healthcare teams.

Have you ever thought about what type of communication you would like to have at work?

But do we think about what we want to get or where we want to go as we perform our mission?

What if you woke one morning and considered how you want to communicate with your colleagues and healthcare team members?

Your vision might be to have the clearest and safest communication you can have without conflict.

Your mission might be to use communication tools like SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation) in order to experience excellent communication.

Your values might be good listening skills, open-mindedness, and patience.

Briefly creating a vision, mission and values can be a fun exercise. This exercise can help you stay focused on the task at hand.

In your job and in whatever you do, where do you see yourself going? Where do you see your team going? Will the mission you are pursuing help lead you on a path to your vision?

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