I’m a big fan of many about.com sites, and find that its guides do an excellent job of updating their readers of goings on in their subject area as well as offering primers to understand those areas. The site offers a mind boggling range of subjects to delve into and all one has to do is to subscribe to a sub-site newsletter to be regularly informed of that subject.
During my 2½ years of studying Human Resources Management, and even more after that, I’ve been reading through the posts of their HR Guide Susan M. Heathfield on everything HR, and found them extremely useful in clearing my head on employer ethics, organization processes, HR policies, leadership qualities among many other concerns. Very importantly, she provides a good repository of sample policy documents that would give more than just a starting point to HR professionals thinking through those functions.
A recent post of her’s emphasises the need for creating a personal vision statement to direct one’s actions. She has been thoughtful in sharing her own vision statement and offered a list of exploratory questions that we should ask ourselves for crafting our own. Of course, during the HRM course, I understood the importance of creating a vision or mission statement to guide an organisation’s processes and people, but I never considered the need to carry out an internal assessment to formulate my own. Well, I’m going to change that now as I’ve written down her questions to mull over my interests, strengths and weaknesses to know myself some more and seek guidance from that assessment.
Hope my readers would feel inspired to construct their own vision statements too.