The title of this post popped into my head after reading John Bishop’s post in his Leadership is a Verb blog, entitled What Would Your Museum Say.
The gist of the post is that if you knew there would be a museum dedicated to your life one day, how would that affect what you did every day, what you said, what you accomplished, or didn’t?
I think the same question could be applied to your company. As a business owner or leader it is too easy to get lost in the details working in our businesses every day. It is far too simple to think we are just doing this to make a buck, or more nicely said, to make a living and support our families.
What would people see on display in your company’s museum? Would they see a set of clear core values that show what human behaviors you deemed to be most important and by which you expected to be measured? Would they clearly understand your purpose by what they see on display? Would they see things you have done that reveal some area of mastery?
You get the picture. It’s a context that might help you clarify your vision for your company.