Business Developement: Should You Have a Mission or Manifesto?

Posted on 05. Mar, 2012 by in Blog

Holstee Manifesto; professional punch business development: Should you have a mission or a manifestoWhat is your company’s mission? 

Have you ever been asked that and struggled to answer it?  You’re not alone.  Mission statements are often created by copywriters and then watered down by committees. They become business speak and dare I say, boring.

That may explain why the Holstee Manifesto created such a fervor.  While a mission statement is a statement of the purpose of a company or organization, a manifesto is a public declaration of principles and intentions. The manifesto has got passion.

When to write a Manifesto Instead of a Mission Statement

The three founders of Holstee wrote a manifesto without writing a business plan. Bold?  Yes, but the manifesto served as their mission statement and because of its broader appeal and ability to inspire, it went viral. They wrote it as a way to remind themselves what they wanted from life and how to create a company that breathes that passion into the world everyday.  The result was that it helped build their business.

Infographic as Manifesto30 Dr. Seuss quotes to live by - professional punch blog post, manifesto or mission?

This recent infographic was done in honor of the 108th birthday of the legendary Dr. Seuss and its quotes are fun, timeless and inspirational. It was created by Sylvia Martinez, Vice President – Digital Editorial Director for Mamiverse.com, a site for Latina moms.

What if your company adopted these quotes or this infographic as its manifesto?  Just as Robert Fulghum’s book (turned poster), “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” became the de facto manifesto of every grade school teacher, why not adopt the Seuss infographic as yours?

Or, better yet, create your own – filled with passion, your core values and the direction you plan to take in business and in life.

 

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