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Four Cornerstones of Business Success: 1. Mission

  Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC  
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  Why Your Corporate Mission Is Important - and How to Define It  
Continuing with our "Four Cornerstones of Business Success" series, this article looks at the first cornerstone, corporate mission.

While creating and having a "mission statement" is all the rage in some business management conversations, the importance of a company's mission is much greater than for use in marketing content.

A corporate mission statement has one critical objective: define the fundamental reason why your company exists.

Very different from definitions of products, services, and performance objectives, the corporate mission and mission statement capture the essence of what you want people to think of when they hear your company name.

Reviewed in this article are what corporate missions and mission statements are and are not, as well as an example of a successful corporate mission statement and questions to ask when creating a mission statement.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives engaged in creating or revising their own corporate mission and mission statement should focus on their fundamental reason for being and overarching roadmap for their company’s future direction to let others know why their business exists.

Links to all articles in the series are provided here:

Four Cornerstones of Business Success
1. Corporate Mission - This is the Mission article.
2. Long-Term Vision
3. Company Values
4. Corporate Culture

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