The Mission Creep!


You know, being the leader of any organization can be tough.  The toughest part probably isn’t dealing with the daily fires of bad attitudes, deadlines, payroll, or grievances. The most difficult part in my opinion is having a lot of success over a long period of time.

I know that sounds counterintuitive but let me try to explain.  The way I look at it is that the job of a leader is to recruit, train, equip, enable, and keep everyone focused on the mission.  The last part of that list is the one that gets many leaders as well as myself.




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10 thoughts on “The Mission Creep!

  1. Rajiv says:

    I think some real questions are – do people understand and believe in the mission?

  2. Good questions to verify direction. Something has to be said though about he times you ask those questions, realize your off mission and yet like the new path you are on.

  3. I had to stop and think about my job and home life – and realized that at work, we get to refocus on our mission and our goal frequently, and as hard as it can be, the client cycle that we go through keeps us sharp and focused.

    And at home, I’ve been working on cleansing, decluttering my life, so that I can keep my focus where it’s important, so I think I can say I’m redoing my mission statement at home, and it feels good! Great post Cranston – I feel like I say that a lot, but I do enjoy your posts and they frequently give me an opportunity to pause and evaluate, and that’s a good thing for a Type A go-non-stop person like me! 🙂

  4. […] “Mission Creep” is the problem that leaders and organizations face when over time they seem to slowly move away from their core principles, business, vision and mission. Cranston Holden thinks about this in “The Mission Creep!“ […]

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