Mentoring Corner: Discussion Topics – The Mission Statment

The mentor should help the mentee create a personal mission statement.  A great resource that will help you get started is the book entitled, “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” by Stephen R. Covey, available in most libraries, on, or as a PDF online (click the image below!).

seven_habits_alt In the section on Habit 2, Begin with the End in Mind, he talks about writing your very own personal mission statement.  Think of a personal mission statement as a Personal Constitution.  A personal mission statement based on correct principles becomes the same kind of standard for an individual.  It focuses on what you want to be (character) and what you want to achieve in life, and the values and principles upon which you will use.  To give an example of a personal mission statement for a fictitious industrial hygienist, we are providing one here and as an attachment that can be used as a template.

Mission Statement – Bernardino Ramazzini


My mission in life is to live with integrity and to positively make a difference in the lives of others.  I will use my education, experience and skills in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene to ensure that individuals within my circle of influence benefit from the practices I have developed to safeguard their safety, health and well-being.


Core Values that allow me to fulfill this mission:  Integrity, Teamwork, Customer Focus, Productivity, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Learning Development and Perseverance.


In lieu of writing a personal mission statement, the mentoring pair can analyze the mission statement for the mentee’s current employer.  If that organization does not have a mission statement, they can use the mission statement used by the mentor’s company, or just find one online for any large corporation such as The Dow Chemical Company, or The Boeing Company.  How can the mentee contribute to the mission?  How can the mentee stay focused on the mission?  What are some tips and tricks the mentor has used in their professional career to ensure that they are aligned with the organizational mission?


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