Monday Moments with President Bergman: November 11, 2019

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College employees each week.
Posted on November 11th, 2019 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

I recently heard a speaker talk about the importance of being “on mission.” The phrase caught my attention, because it is not one that I have commonly used. I typically hear people expressing their alignment with the mission, or their sympathy toward the mission. Organizations, including Gustavus, claim to be mission-driven and hold up their mission as a fundamental statement of purpose.

There is something appealing to me about wanting to be “on mission.” It feels similar to being “on point” or saying “I’m on it” when asked to complete a task. It has a “here and now” feel to it, conveys both urgency and importance, and connotes action, all of which I really like. I began to wonder what would happen if we regularly asked ourselves, “Am I on mission?” Taking it beyond the individual level, what would happen if we asked ourselves, “Is my team/department/division on mission?” How would you answer these questions?
Being on mission means being clear about what really matters. It means prioritizing the work that moves us forward and helps us achieve our goals. You demonstrate that you are “on mission” when you…
  • Go beyond expectations to be welcoming and inclusive toward colleagues, students, and campus guests;
  • Help promote a high standard of excellence in all aspects of our curricular and co-curricular programs;
  • Put your best foot forward in creating an inviting and attractive environment for prospective students;
  • Set a positive example by being a champion of environmental sustainability;
  • Build relationships outside your usual network to explore innovative ways to advance our work.
This week, each time you look in the mirror, ask yourself if you are “on mission.” Remind yourself to focus on the tasks that really make a difference in advancing the Gustavus mission.
Until next week, keep up the good work, Gusties.
With respect,
P.S. Today is Veterans Day, and we pause to honor and thank all those who have served in the United States military. We especially recognize all the Gustavus employees, retirees, alumni, and students who are military veterans. Thank you for your service.

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