Archive for March, 2010

Your Mission Statement “Solution” ^with integrity

Friday, March 12th, 2010 | Permalink

Anyone who has started a nonprofit, a company, or simply put together a club after school has struggled with “what to say?” to describe it.

I want to make it short and to the point, I don’t want to offend anyone, I want to sound intelligent, I don’t want to be vague but I don’t want to paint myself into a corner. The back-and-forth examples are endless but what is always the same is the result. A confused mash-up of words conveying our point… or at least what we think is our point.

After reading an article by Dan Heath at Fast Company, I must agree that the point we end up making may not be the point we were looking for when we started.

Since the video he has made does wonders for describing his point, I have inserted it below. However, the two points he makes to remember are:

1) Use concrete language. Say what you want, don’t sugar coat it, and don’t pull out the thesaurus for every word choice.

2) Talk about the “why”. To quote Dan, “…most mission statements are really long on statement and really short on mission…” What you are doing is great to know; however, why you are doing it is even better.

Ken ya Dream?

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 | Permalink

Ken ya Dream is the vision of students at Cupertino High School. They have raised money throughout their years in high school to help a school in Kenya expand their facility. The money they would normally raise to cover the cost of their senior prom was instead put toward their goal…to raise $100,000.

For that, I tip my hat. The beauty and selflessness expressed by these students is calming to say the least. No good deed goes unnoticed? Right?

Well, it looks like it’s getting some attention. Dell held a competition for high schools to win a $100,000 superprom. The students at Cupertino High saw this as more than an opportunity to have the prom of dreams, but rather as way to meet their goal.