Mission Possible

We have to set a strategy and mission statement, for ourselves, both short and long term, that keeps us focused on the tasks and challenges that lie ahead.

I have a simple mission statement that states my desire to be a welcomed leader in any arena, I choose to stand. We need to think about our goals, direction, focus and stick with them. Your mission statement is not about your job. Where people make mistakes is that they build their life and their identity around a job, a spouse, or family. Our mission and vision statements allow us to conduct ourselves as our own business.

Just like organizations do SWOT Analyses (strength, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats), it is just as vital to the success of individuals and leaders to do SWOT Analyses on themselves. How many of us really look at our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? How many of us really build a personal mission statement and a personal vision statement and stick to it? I have asked our sales team to do that very thing. I have asked people in my seminars to do that very thing. Many of them view this as an assignment, do it, and never use it again. How many of you in your organizations have people right under your nose who are recognized outside their organizations as leaders in their field and you fail to capitalize on it? You failed to tap the oil that is lying right under your own ground. You can blend your colleagues’ mission statements together and form a set of by-laws to guide your collective cultures to success.    

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Author: Creating Six Degrees

Anthony C. Gruppo, CEO Northeast Region, is responsible for leading all employees, divisions, and operations for Marsh & McLennan Agency – Northeast. Here he is focused on leadership, strategic position, and organizational development. Prior to coming to the Northeast, Anthony led companies in the Southwest, Southeast, and West Coast. Anthony is the author of three books centered on personal and organizational development.

10 thoughts on “Mission Possible”

  1. I truly agree with this whole heartedly. People often suffocate their inner person and create a person centered around what they do which brings separation between them and folk they could influence or be influenced by. When those walls are torn down and you find yourself, you and the building janitor could share similar thoughts and be able to gain something from each other. I believe SWOT is about building and establishing yourself.


  2. There is no playbook. In fact, there usually is no right or wrong. Find mentors to help you talk through the ideas that have no right answers. I found mine!

  3. Sharing your strengths with my son. He is in sales with Marriott in NYC. Their Rock Star 🙂 Will watch for any of your speaking engagements. Thanks!!

  4. Thanks for this, Anthony. In order to become better versions of ourselves constant analyzing is needed. This is something that I practice often. One of the things I have taught my children, especially with advances in technology (social media) is that they are their own “brand” and they need to be true to their values and morals and be careful how they package and distribute their brand into the world. Its also important to understand everyone has room for growth. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t already valuable people. Understanding what we need to change about ourselves to grow personally and professionally involves first knowing ourselves and being honest with ourselves. Simple yet profound questions are: Who am I? What do I want? Why? …..why?…..why? 🙂

  5. I agree whole heartedly; building your life around your job is easy for ambitious professionals to do and also a hard habit to break. Creating a personal mission statement not only provides a foundation for living with purpose, it also enables you to work toward an end goal. Having a greater purpose makes for a happier life and better career. Thank you for the words of wisdom, Anthony!

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