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The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (4)

This post is part of the working draft of the DriverlessCrocodile Toolkit (read more here). I’d love comments, links to resources related to the theme, and original contributions.

Would they miss you? Why?

This question works for examining your personal values, and it’s a great pivot for thinking about the values of your organisation too.

What do you hope people will remember you and your team for?
What will people notice first? What will they miss when you’re gone?
How have you made things better?
Which of your shortcomings will make things worse if you’re not careful?
What will make the effort of running this project, of building this organisation worth it? If you didn’t have to earn a living, would you still do this? Why?

Thanks JG

2 thoughts on “The Toolkit – Part 1: Foundations (4)”

  1. This is really well distilled, thanks!
    One thing I’ve tried to work through is moving from mission to vision. Would be interested to hear your thoughts on this. I have often felt that moving from mission to vision means adding two little words after your mission statement – ‘so that” (OR 3 – “’in order to….”). This is perhaps what you’ve been referring to as the ‘why’. We exist to bring customers the best xyz….in order to…

    If we keep asking that question – ‘so that?’ whenever we state an aim of a goal, it is very clarifying.

    Another exercise I’ve used is to future cast and ask people to put themselves say, 5 years into the future and report back to a board or conference or similar on what has happened in the last 5 years. What has been achieved? What does success look like for your organisation/department? For your department? Future casting means you will speak as if these things have happened.

    Some questions here that can help:
    What is the biggest ‘win’ for your team/organisation?
    What is your one (or two at the most) wildly important goals?
    What will catapult us towards accomplishing our vision?
    (For a Christian like me) What will bring God the most glory?

    1. Great stuff! Some of these come out a bit in a post I’m working on (transition from mission to vision, and/or back), and some of these will need to go in there or somewhere else! Thank you – love it – keep it up!

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