It’s a good feeling when you can look up and say to yourself: “mission accomplished.” Knowing what you set out to do and getting it done is fulfilling. It is also a big step toward doing it again because, after all, success breeds success. But, what if you don’t know the mission? How does an association succeed if it doesn’t know and live its own mission?
In its purest form, a mission statement is a one-sentence statement of the purpose and vision of an organization. Others take it beyond that one sentence, but the consensus is certainly that a mission statement should be concise. A mission statement helps guide the priorities, activities and responsibilities of an organization.
The mission statement of a condominium association might say something like:
The mission of ABC Condominium Association is to enhance and preserve the quality of life and sense of community through effective and efficient management of the Association, enforcement of rules and covenants to preserve property values, and support initiatives and capital improvements that benefit the greater good of the community.
Or a homeowners’ association mission statement might say:
The mission of the Board of the Dew Meadows Homeowners Association is to preserve and enhance the property of our subdivision by maintaining the common ground areas and upholding the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CCR’s) and polices. The Board will serve the Homeowners by taking a fair, ethical and objective approach in representing the interest of all homeowners. Dew Meadows will be maintained as a safe, friendly, and enjoyable place to live for each homeowner and his/her respective family.
Years ago, I was part of a local business group. Each month, the President started each meeting by reading the group’s mission statement. It was a great way to remind everyone there of why they were there. It added a sense of purpose the meetings, a sense of direction. I’ve also been part of several organizations when they went to great lengths to craft a mission statement. The exercise itself is bonding, as it encourages people to think differently and think together. Our local chapter of CAI has done it more than once, and the process has helped it grow several folds. Clearly, a mission statement is a valuable tool.
Does your association have a mission statement? Do you read it aloud at your meetings? Shouldn’t you?