This Article is About
team charter
singular focus
Team Charters: The Importance Of Establishing Mission, Vision, And Value Statements
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

Establishing collectively agreed upon team charter of mission, vision, and value statements with your team or business group is of great benefit. A common culture of accountability and singular focus can help a group's performance. I have had over twenty years of successful experiences as a senior leader in health care. The positions I held where a common mission, vision, and set of values was established and abided by were always associated with the greatest success. This article provides a framework for setting your team up for success.

Start by gathering your group together. It is important that this be done without acknowledgement of status or rank. Everyone is equal on the team. After all, it is my belief, that as a leader, you are there to serve the needs of your staff. Input and buy in by all is essential to success.

Begin by asking the group for input on the creation of a mission statement for the team. This is a broad statement that will act as a compass to guide them. A typical mission statement would sound like, “We aspire to produce a quality widget that will make the world a better place." Of course this is just an example, but it illustrates the idea that a mission statement should be timeless and without boundaries. It is a goal that can be worked for, improved, upon, yet never attained. As the meeting's facilitator, be sure to encourage participation by all.

The next step should include time to create a common vision statement for the team. This is a statement that acts as a guide for how the mission is to be reached. It should be as broad reaching as the mission statement, without finite boundaries, but with realistic qualities. "We will produce our quality widget in an environment that improves society and does no harm to any individual or people," would be an example. Again encourage open discussion and participation by all. This is essential to buy in and support by the group.

The final step is the development of values that the team can and will support. Values are behaviors and normative behavioral standards that the group will support going forward. Pretty universally accepted for these is that everyone will listen without interrupting, no idea will be mocked or debased (even the craziest, offbeat, suggestion can spark a useful idea); everyone will be treated with respect, etc. Again, encourage open discussion and participation.

Conclude the meeting with all team members signing a form acknowledging their support. Everyone must agree to every part of the established charter. This function allows everyone equal policing ability and ensures that the team will abide by the established values. Team members agree that any variance from the established norms will not be tolerated. This gives all equal say in maintaining enforcement.

It is important for teams to establish a team charter of acceptable missions, visions, and values. It creates an environment suited for exceptional results.

Street Talk

I prefer the narrative format, but what do you think?

  about 4 years ago
You May Also Like
Teambuilding: The Six Parts Of A Good Team Charter
After a team has been formed one of its first functions should be to develop a team charter. A team charter is a collection of papers that provides motivation and purpose for a team as it tackles its job. I have over twenty years of successful senior leadership and entrepreneurial…
By:  in  Business  >  Team Building   Aug 24, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Teambuilding: Why Project Teams Fail
Ever been on a project team that failed in its efforts. Knowing the reasons for project failure can allow team leaders and members to work proactively to keep them from occurring. I have over 20 years of successful senior leadership and entrepreneurial experiences in health care and knowing the causes…
By:  in  Business  >  Team Building   Aug 22, 2011  
  Likes: 1

Web Developer Frisco, Tx: 7 Questions Great Web Developers Ask
Business is a competitive world, and competition begins on the web; find a web developer in Frisco, TX that can set you apart from the rest. Having a great website is only one part of running a great company, but businesses with great all-around performance always win the game. Here…
By: Natalie W. Hobson in  Business  >  Management   Oct 07, 2015  
  Likes: 0

Application Management: Ensuring Timely Project Delivery
With the industrial world becoming a battle field, it becomes vital for all the industries to take viable measures and enhance their productivity and service delivery. Additionally, they need to ensure that their applications are effectively managed so that the work of the clients is delivered on time. Furthermore, the…
By: John Garry in  Business  >  Management   Jan 24, 2013  
  Likes: 1

Affordable Rates for Customer Support Service
There are customer support services at affordable rates here in the Philippines. Email support services and chat support services are some of the most popular services that can assist businesses to have a better understanding of the needs of their customers. Finding affordable customer support services would mean that you…
By: Nathaniel Hilson in  Business  >  Management   Jan 10, 2015  
  Likes: 0

Enthusiasm Is A Factor Of Success
To be happy in life, believe in yourself, and be a good person. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will? You can’t expect your employees to have faith in a boss who doesn’t believe in themselves. A poor self image is the biggest obstacle to success in life. Find…
By: Sam T in  Business  >  Management   Jul 20, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Stay Competitive With These Affiliate Marketing Techniques
Affiliate marketing is a great way to make extra money from the comforts of your own home. However, if you want to start, you might have questions and don't know where to begin. This article is full of simple tips and tricks that will not only answer your questions, but…
By: Reizon Chris Aday1 in  Business  >  Management   Feb 06, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Event Organizer Singapore - Event Planner Singapore - Event Management Company Singapore
Comprehensive Set of Available Entertainers Production is incomplete without entertainment. But in excess of this fact, Kaze Eventz understands varying preferences among clients. This prompted the website to get a number of different performers that's going to meet their clients’ requirements. They have used emcees, entertainers, live bands, in addition…
By: Kaze Eventz in  Business  >  Management   Dec 25, 2013  
  Likes: 1

Achieve Excellence Hitching to the Best B Schools In Bangalore
A MBA degree is a management program that can be pursued by students from diverse academic disciplines. Many students strive to earn this degree and enhance their career line by seeking an admission to the best B schools in Bangalore. Bangalore is an excellent platform for management courses where the…
By: dbims in  Business  >  Management   Dec 03, 2013  
  Likes: 1

Making Meetings Better
Let's be honest now. Nobody really likes, much less enjoys, meetings. Many people tend to view meetings as a waste of time that cuts in on productivity and the hours they could be spending to actually get some real work done. This is not to say that all meetings are…
By: Lynn Lopez in  Business  >  Management   Aug 20, 2012  
  Likes: 0

5 Reasons Why Business Process Mapping And Optimization is Crucial
Business process mapping and optimization is a set of activities that looks into essential aspects of a business, including objectives and the people and steps required to achieve them. One defining characteristic of this strategy is its reliance on visual representations. As human beings are 60% dependent on visual stimulus,…
By: Larry Raymond in  Business  >  Management   Jun 12, 2012  
  Likes: 0

The Australian Stock Exchanges Diversity Recommendations And Women
Tomorrow I go back to work after 4 days off. Actually who am I kidding, I have been oncall & in fact worked during this time. I did not however have to answer a mountain of mundane urgent emails because thankfully, some people were actually on holidays. Surprisingly my inbox…
By: Something 2say in  Business  >  Management   Dec 31, 2011  
  Likes: 2

Build Esteem for Top Performance
How well an employee performs may be directly linked to their level of self-esteem. Managers need to focus on improving employee self-esteem and avoid deflating it.An employee who feels he is getting negative feedback and is being “beaten up” by his or her manager will pull back from contact with…
By: Sam T in  Business  >  Management   May 05, 2011  
  Likes: 0

Wedding Planner Dallas , Dallas Wedding Planners , Limo Service Dallas
Dallas Event Wedding planners will be manifestation from a prospect who it’s Director found: to bring VIP Concierge Assistance towards Dallas Limousine to “one business enterprise with which has it again all” methodology. Limousine organisations in this way are actually buzzing through towns, cities prefer Las vegas, Gambling, San francisco…
By: md abu hashem  in  Business  >  Management   Jan 31, 2015  
  Likes: 0

Facilities Management Comes Up With The Right Cost Management Services
There are different types of services, which you need to be aware of, while dealing with Facilities management. It can offer you with the best cost management facilities. The reliable companies are going to offer you with the best facility management service, like dealing with the needs of the customers.…
By: David Smith6 in  Business  >  Management   Dec 01, 2014  
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 4579    Report this Article