Alignment with Mission, Vision, and Values

True learning organizations are closely connected to a company’s mission, vision, and core values. While this doesn’t exactly highlight a measurable value, it ensures that learning outcomes are aligned with organizational culture. This means employees know when they are engaging with the curriculum, they are learning the why behind the company’s action and decisions. Learners understand how their individual role fits into the larger picture and the impact they have on organizational success.

Connecting learning to the mission, vision, and values not only teaches employees what to do (the technical aspects), but also how to do it in a way that demonstrates and represents the DNA of the organization.

In this way, learning organizations are an extension of the company culture. If a company’s mission, vision, and values represent the true north that guides all employees toward the same direction then learning and development is the vehicle to get you there.

From new hire orientation to efforts toward continued employee development, learning organizations should always incorporate mission, vision and values into the curriculum. If you are training a new employee on how to service customers then discuss the values at play or the stakes that interaction has on achieving our vision. On courses for new skills or capabilities, explain why this skill is important to the company’s mission.

Aligning learning to mission, vision and values helps the organization by strengthening its culture across all levels. It helps the employee see themselves in the success of the organization. It builds the learning organization up as a trusted advocate for the company.

Published by Terrence Shelton

I am a lifelong learner, husband, and father of three. I am also the VP of Learning and Development at Golden 1 Credit Union where I’ve worked for more than 20 years. I have over 10 years as a learning professional. I have a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication from CSU-Sacramento. My personal values are respect, integrity, positivity, and creating opportunity for myself and all others. This blog allows me to live in those values as I aim to create an opportunity for learning, discussion, and growth for anyone who engages with this site.

2 thoughts on “Alignment with Mission, Vision, and Values

  1. Good point and expresses why companies must take time to write a mission statement and review it periodically to see how well they are living up to it or in need of modifying it as they evolve.


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