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A Useful Business Management Exercise?

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Is developing a clear definition of your organisation’s mission, vision and values a useful business management exercise?

Dan Sivak, CEO of CDSM Interactive Solutions Ltd, gives his thoughts…

At CDSM, we see ourselves as a tight-knit community. Moreover, this is an idea from which we take great pride. We like the fact that we offer friendship and support to one another, creating a productive and positive working environment. In fact, we extend this hand of friendship to our customers, building long-lasting relationships of a professional and personal nature. But what is it that creates this sense of community? Do we have a set of shared traits and values that connect us or does CDSM just work by chance?

Recently, we spent some time revisiting who we are, re-examining our vision, mission and value statements. During the process, we came to the conclusion that we do have a strong, healthy community, which shares a common agenda and works very well together. This is what we came up with:

Our Vision

  • Building a world where learning and development matters.

Our Mission

  • We never stop learning and neither should you.
  • Our mission is to harness contemporary technologies to create learning opportunities for people and their organisations. Learn to succeed!

Our Values

  • Curiosity – values critical thinking and drives discovery and innovation.
  • Integrity – defines a respect for those that you affect in providing a solution, product or service.
  • Reward – provides the necessary motivation and engagement to realise your objectives.
  • Collaboration – harnesses collective experience and intelligence to realise the best way.
  • Passion – gives you strength and enables application at those moments when you and your team need it most.
  • Inclusion – values diversity and difference, providing a richer ecology of perspectives, skills and opportunities to work and play with.

Our sense of community should not be ignored as a factor in our success at CDSM. Like many communities, at its heart there is a home, an office, a city, and even a region, South Wales. CDSM is rich in its ability to be both familiar and different, share aspirations, build better leaning technologies and strive to continually improve. Consequently, dealing with challenges such as disruptive and emergent technologies and changes in learning theory and practice is all part of the landscape of our shared experience.  In fact, we came to understand that we are a community of learners. What we recognise is that it’s our vision, mission and values that underpin and reinforce our community, our shared enthusiasm for work and for each other.

My advice to other leaders is when you decide to consider your vision, mission and values, do so in an open and honest way. Be prepared for and welcome feedback. You need to ask the fundamental questions, and invite responses from across the organisation. I’m not suggesting that the experience is akin to splitting the atom or breaking the four minute mile, but it is a mechanism to check, validate, decide and move on – and in business that is extremely valuable.

Our vision, mission and values ensure we do things well. This ensures we do things with integrity and honesty. This ensures we focus on both our customer and our end-users. This ensures we succeed!

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Boost Your Training with the Neuroscience of Education – Infographic

Eureka! In recent years, neuroscience research has made findings that could transform training and education. We’ve popped the results into our infographic-o-whizz-9000. Out came this handy piece brimming with tips for your next L&D project, and the lessons are spot on for both companies and schools.

One of the more interesting findings is that while many know neuroscience can improve training, few are applying its findings. That means this infographic shows how you can impress your boss with widely accepted ideas, but still leap ahead of your professional peers.

So, make your learners recall more for longer, boost their motor skills, and see their comprehension soar.

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