For a decade, I ran an organization that works to ensure that the stories of LGBTQ lives are told fairly and accurately in the media.
Early in my tenure I decided to start a new program that existed as a standalone organization. Its mission was to offer training to employees of media-centric companies to help them navigate diversity in the workplace, specifically around LGBTQ issues.
You know what this made me? A “Mission Creep”!
And you know what? It was a mistake that took our eyes off the ball. Honestly, it was a mistake for a whole bunch of reasons. I want you to learn from my mistakes.
In this episode, I define this phrase “mission creep,” identify its symptoms and side effects, and give you some practical advice on how to prevent it.
- 0:00 – Open for Joan’s solo episode on mission creep
- 1:52 – Music Intro (Solo)
- 2:41 – What is mission creep?
- 4:16 – Forms of mission creep
- 6:10 – What causes mission creep?
- 6:48 – #1 cause for mission creep – a lack of clarity of purpose
- 8:41 – #2 – Ego
- 9:50 – #3 – Bright Shiny Object Syndrome
- 10:45 – #4 the work is being done poorly by a colleague organization
- 11:33 – #5 organizations follow the money
- 12:52 – Preventative measures
- 13:19 – #1 antidote – sit all board members down and ask them to describe the organization’s core mission
- 15:03 – #2 antidote – access your current programs
- 16:18 – #3 antidote – try to rewrite your mission statement with your staff
- 17:25 – #4 antidote – develop some guiding principles
- 19:06 – #5 antidote – create messaging for the funder who wants to fund what doesn’t fit
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