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The Value of an Organization’s Purpose

The famous organizational consultant and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek, has brought to the attention of the world, the power of ‘why’. He stated that every successful organization and action is born out of this power of ‘why’. He has used the example of the high sales of Apple’s iPod to demonstrate that the power of why connects with the consumers and they associate themselves with the organization.

The ‘why’ here is the purpose and the mission of the organization. An organizational mission is a purpose statement and a rough plan inclusive of the organization’s values, strategies, and objectives. Every organization has a mission whether it is formally written or not.

An organizational mission is a guide for the major decisions taken within the organization as the mission includes the goal that the organization aims to achieve. Generally, the mission of the organization is one which was brewed from the mind of the founders of that organization. The mission is, therefore, a mirror image of the mission and the purpose of the founder; but this can evolve over time as the organization takes its own identity.

Shapes the culture of an organization and provides a basis for bonding and a better understanding of the organization. The newly added human capital to an organization can be easily trained by keeping the ‘why’ of the organization in mind. The employees also direct their behavior on their own as they continue to understand the organizational purpose and connect it with their individual purpose.

It is rather beneficial for every organization to formulate an organizational mission. There are many advantages to adding a formal mission in the organizational culture. As the purpose of an organization is imbibed within the employees, they are more likely to work happily and efficiently towards the same.

The mission statements also work as a guide and help leaders and managers to take actions accordingly. If all the employees are aware of the objectives of an organization and the ethical fulfillment of those objectives, then the organization has a higher probability of reaching its goals in a rather shorter time period. The mission and the goals stated in the mission are vital to boost positive behavior and reinforcement of goal-oriented behavior.

The mission statement of the organization should be concise, realistic and impactful. It is critical to formulate an accurate and clear statement; an ambiguous mission statement can lead to diversions from the goal of the organization. An ideal statement is known to include three major components – the target audience, the product/ service provided by the organization and the USP of the organization. It is important that a statement is objective and is not over the clouds, filled with fancy and unnecessary words. An unrealistic mission statement can lead to a wasteful utilization of the resources of an organization.

The business magnate Richard Branson has also stressed the value of an organizational mission towards directing the organization and pushing it towards the realms of success and progress. Hence, it is advisable for organizations to identify their mission and work towards formulating an encouraging and guiding mission statement.

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Learning Organization

A learning organization is one which promotes a learning environment on a consistent basis. The learning organization encourages collaboration, team learning and facilitates growth. A mentoring program is highly effective in a learning organization. A mentoring partnership can help a learning organization to capture and share learning, create collective learning opportunities, create a collective vision, help the team become adaptive and proactively work to achieve that vision.

It has been observed that embracing mentoring partnerships in the learning organization helps the people to grow at a rapid pace. Learning that happens in an organization can be competency based or people management knowledge both of which are essential for organizational growth and success. For organizations to really grow in the path of success, self-reflection, transparency and openness is essential which a mentee’s learn from the mentoring relationship. However, it is also equivalently important that behavioral changes be found in decision-makers or high level executives so that the potential benefits are derived by employees at all levels. Mentoring is an effective partnership for behavior change in an organization.

Collaboration and team learning is often viewed in single direction traditional approach where the mentor teaches the mentee and is concerned about mentees growth and success. However, contemporary mentoring relationship highly relies on collaborative learning, a learning which facilitates growth for both mentors and mentees in a reciprocal way. As mentors act as role models in a learning organization, they also benefit from self-reflective experience and from learning skills and ideas from the mentee which accelerates their growth and development. The ideas and skills learnt from the mentees challenge their leadership skills and critical thinking skill which facilitates professional growth.

Research has found that mentoring can enhance performance in a learning organization through competency based and people management learning models and mentoring relationships. Initially mentoring programs were implemented in organization to foster human resource development. But the latest trend is that organizations are using mentoring programs to enhance organization’s learning environment.

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