Mad Lib Mission Statement
Take your company’s mission statement and turn them into the popular Mad Lib game. To do this, remove key nouns, verbs, and adjectives.
Mission statements can sometimes sound great but miss the mark, particularly if your team doesn’t feel it represents them, or that they even understand it. By stripping away the jargon and stiffness and allowing the mission statement to go through several rounds of nonsense, you allow your team to help you craft a statement that is more relaxed and honest.
Create a worksheet in which the removed words are shown as a blank line with instructions on what kind of word is needed. In groups of two, have one team member ask for the correct type of word and the other team member supply the word.
Or, if you do not want to break the team into groups, ask the team as a whole to supply one word at a time. Once there are enough words, read the mission statement back.
It will sound silly. Now that the team knows what the goal is, ask them for the same word types.
See what kinds of words they supply. Repeat the exercise until you get a mission statement that the team feels is correct.
A variation is to categorize the types of words before the first round. So, tell them you are looking for words that apply to the team without telling them you are working on a mission statement.