Working within a vision or mission are much the same as being part of a rowing team. A well focused rowing team knows why they are rowing and what they need to do to stay in synchronization. Every person on that team knows their specific role and how they contribute to the team. Additionally, they all know which direction they need to row in, and they know the certainty of what will happen if one of them should be rowing out of sync or in the wrong direction.
School mission and vision statements provide the same framework and structure as a team of skilled, synchronized rowers. Your school mission statement “brands” why you are there and what your purpose is. It provides, or should provide, the lens through which all of your decisions get made.
Often times, staff have gone through mission writing exercises only to come up with either a lofty or unclear mission statement that worse yet, gets published and no one ever looks at. If the mission of your school is not clear, how do you make decisions and are your staff focused on why they are truly there?