What did we do?
I showed a definition of a mission statement and a brief explanation of why I think it is valuable to have one. We had a bit of discussion on this. We then looked at McGill's mission statement. I used material from your poster to discuss what makes something a GOOD mission statement and we looked at examples (Southwest Airlines, Scouts Canada, a local nature reserve) and discussed whether these met the criteria for good. If they failed, we talked about how and why they were off the mark. We also looked at your mission statement as an example of how this might look for a lab group. We used your work on what a mission statement is (a short paragraph; use active verbs; avoid jargon, etc. - basically notes on how we were going to go forward) and invited conversation in small groups of 3 on the following questions:
1. What are the principles or beliefs that guide our work?
2. What are the opportunities or gaps we exist to address?
3.What are we doing to address those opportunities and achieve the reason we exist?
After each question, we came back together as a group and edited down to 1-2 sentences. I was really amazed at how much agreement there was among our group. Even working separately, we came up with remarkably similar statements.
We put all those sentences together to come up with the above. Now I will do some editing, we'll have a go-round by email, and then we will meet once more later in the semester to finalize before posting to our website."