Every Friday I dig into the archives and dust off an old post. If you haven’t read it, it’s new to you!
Imagine for a moment that you’re a part of a fire department’s engine company: you’re the guys who slide down the pole and hop on the truck whenever the alarm goes out. And imagine that I ask you to define your job. You might say:
- I’m the driver. I’ve led this company for 18 years, so I get the privilege of being the first one out the door.
- I’m the hose man. I stretch the line from the hydrant to the truck and from the truck to the blaze.
- I’m the ladder guy. Two story building? Got it covered. Fourteen story building? Boom. I’m there.
- I’m the engineer. If there’s a bell or whistle on this truck, I know how it operates and why it’s there.
And while you’d be technically correct, you couldn’t be more wrong. There’s a huge difference between task and mission: