Personal Mission Statement LO12767

Crossman, Harold (
Wed, 5 Mar 1997 07:31:04 -0500


As part of my Lesley College School of Management program I've been asked
to devise a personal mission statement. To begin this process, I extended
Stephen Covey's universal statement described in his book
"Principle-Centered Leadership."

His statement: "To improve the economic well-being and quality of life for
all stakeholders"

I modified his statement to bring it to a personal level: "I would like to
make enough money from my labor (economic well-being) to enjoy a secure
and comfortable life in which my family and myself (stakeholders) can
thrive and grow individually and together (quality of life).

I like this except for the omission of action. There is no "how to move
toward the goals." Implied actions include life-long learning, etc. It is
also missing a societal component, but that is implied as well. I still
have a gut feeling that my statement is not as complete as I would like

What do you think? Does it need the "how" part? Is it better without the
"how"? How about my role in society? What do you think of personal
mission statements in general?

Thanks in advance.


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Harold J. Crossman OSRAM SYLVANIA INC. Lighting Research Center 71 Cherry Hill Dr. Beverly, MA 01915 Phone: (508) 750-1717 E-mail:

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