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Updating MP's Mission & Values Statements (and adding a Vision & Principles)

From: domainremoved <Lynne>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 14:40:00 -0800

Hello Council,

At the Feb 2 goal-setting meeting, Pamela D. Jones asked Council to update
the Mission statement in the Councilmembers procedures
<https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/3141/City-Council-Procedures-Manual?bidId=>
manual (page 20). The MP one is almost identical to the one from the City
of Oxnard.
<https://www.oxnard.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Procedures-Manual.pdf>
Both are on page 20 in their respective documents.

Adding to the idea, the Values statement
<https://www.menlopark.org/DocumentCenter/View/15836/OUR-values?bidId=> at
the HR website also needs updating. We also lack a Vision statement and you
might also consider adding Principles!

   - Values: -- what you live by (i.e. integrity, ethics,)
   - Principles -- What you stand on (takes values to a higher level)
   - Vision (a short, snappy view of where we want to be in 3-5 years)
   - Mission (a short statement describing the purpose of the organization)

Having visible, well-defined values, mission and vision statements would
give direction to decision-making and foster alignment across Council,
Staff and the public to work better together!

While Staff could just develop drafts of these, a more effective way would
be to have a collaborative public process where staff, residents, small
business owners and other stakeholders can weigh in and share their ideas.
A professional writer could then develop the drafts.

A consultant could be hired to design and lead the process. Or you could
fashion a "do-it-yourself" approach by Council appointing a short project
team (with representatives from Council, staff and some residents) that
takes guidance from useful books, such as "Crafting Effective Mission &
Vision Statements" by Emil Angelica. Please let me know how I can be of
help.

Lynne Bramlett
Received on Mon Feb 04 2019 - 14:36:56 PST

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