As we go into a new year and on the heels of the Cause and Purpose blog post, many of you reached out to me and asked a provocative question: who was a key influencer in shaping how I think? Was there someone in my life who paid forward the wisdom of living with purpose, having a mission statement, defining my values, defining roles, and creating a vision statement?
As we finish unpacking the 7th Fundamental: Cause and Purpose, I’d like to place a focus on the importance of a Vision Statement.
One of Shakespeare’s most infamous lines is, “All the world’s a stage.” Many may read his flair for drama here, but I believe he was describing the reality that, whether we know it or not, life is about playing roles. As such, life truly is our stage.
What We All Want
We all want Americans with advanced illness to receive comprehensive, high-quality, person-and family-centered care that is consistent with their goals and values and honors their dignity. But this can’t be achieved without advances on many fronts – empowering consumers, changing the health delivery system, as well as improving public and private policies, and enhancing provider capacity.
As I shared in my last blog, I have come to believe there is a 7th Fundamental that should be part of everyone’s organization system: cause and purpose. Without cause and purpose, the other elements of an organizational system are essentially null. Cause and purpose provide the basis by which the other fundamentals can be built. I shared in the post that there are several components that are helpful to think about when defining your cause and purpose: specifically, having a personal Mission Statement.
Stop the presses: there is a 7th Fundamental!
Thanks to the feedback several of you have given me on the last blog titled “The Interview”, which had a focus on cause and purpose, I realized something – there is a 7th Fundamental to every great organization system, and that fundamental is cause and purpose.
This is the last installment of the 6 Fundamentals of every great organization system. In prior weeks, we covered the other 5 fundamentals:
• Task List
• Intake System
• Reference System
This is our 5th installment of the 6 fundamentals of every great organization system.
Please read our prior blogs on the other 4 Fundamentals we have covered thus far: