Losing Focus and Clarity of Vision

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

I love the comic strip Frank and Ernest. On 4/30/09 A guy is attaching an additional sign to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms which reads “. . . and Trans Fats.” Frank or Ernest (I can never tell who is who)¬†says, “I worry that we’re losing our focus.”

I have seen too many vision and mission statements that are just a hodgepodge of well-meaning phrases. They may have started off fine, with a clear focus, but then barnacles started attaching to the hull, and soon it was hard to tell where the ship was heading in the first place.