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Understanding Your Organization

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Explore the Foundational Aspects that will Focus Your Organization. 

1.1 Defining Your Mission and Vision
1.2 What Groups of People Are Important
1.3 What Are Your Strengths
1.4 What Could Hinder Your Success

1.1 Defining Your Mission and Vision

Your Mission Top Dotted Line

What does your organization
want to accomplish?

Your Mission text with dotted line around words
Your Vision top dotted line

What does your future state
look like?

Your Vision text with dotted line
 

 

 MISSION

Mission text in circle.

The Mission should be clear and concise. It needs to be compelling enough to guide and engage your workforce.

Arrows coming together and pointing down.

Leadership
Strategy
Customers
Measurement
Workforce
Operations
 

Your mission and vision set the stage for your decisions in ALL areas

 VISION

Vision text in circle.

Your organization's vision describes its desired future state.

Your Turn

What does your organization want to accomplish (your mission)? 
Where do your senior leaders want to take it in the future (your vision)? 

Don't forget to capture your answers.
 

1.2 Which Groups of People are Important for your Organization's Success? 

Customers?, Workforce?, Community? Suppliers?, Other Stakeholders? showing different people.

 

Your Mission Top Dotted Line

These are the key groups of people you should communicate with and listen to.

Your People Text

Your Turn

What groups of people are important for your organization's success?

Don't forget to capture your answers.
 

1.3 What Are Your Strengths? 

 

Your Mission Top Dotted Line

The qualities, actions or conditions that enable your success. 

Your Strengths Text
Build Your Strengths

Your Turn

What are the strengths that contribute to your organization's success and ability to compete? 
How can you build on those strengths? 

Don't forget to capture your answers.
 

1.4 What Could Hinder Your Organization's Success? 

Now or in the Future that Could Affect Your Success  

Your Mission Top Dotted Line

Internal Weaknesses

Retirements?
Turnover?
No Succession Planning?
Aging Equipment or Infrastructure?

Your Weaknesses Text
Two manufacturing employees reviewing data on tablet in factory.
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Your Vision top dotted line

External Challenges

Acquisitions?
Mergers?
Supply Chain?
Availability of Skilled Workers?

Your Challenges Text

Your Turn

What are your organization's internal weaknesses that could affect success? 
What are your organization's external weaknesses that could affect success? 

Don't forget to capture your answers.
 

Now let's learn how to Share Your Vision.

 


Role-Model Best Practices

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control 
Baldrige Award Recipient

MFC's Performance-Driven Leadership System bases performance evaluations of senior leaders on objectives, goals, and metrics that are aligned with the strategic plan. Performance evaluation is weighted 70 percent on meeting commitments and 30 percent on behaviors related to the company's mission, vision, and values.
 


Role-model best practice from award application at time of award.

Learn more role-model best practices from Baldrige Award recipients in all sectors.

Contacts

  • Baldrige Customer Service
    (301) 975-2036
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    100 Bureau Drive, M/S 1020
    Gaithersburg, MD 20899-1020
Created September 22, 2022, Updated May 1, 2023