Context: MG Taylor Vision and Mission
September 30, 1996
(updated September 27, 1997)
Our mission and vision statement have evolved over the years.
Here are some examples of this evolution:
"Our world is going through its biggest transition in known history;
Some call this the Post Industrial Society - others, the shift from the
Industrial to the Information Era - still others call it The New Age.
From the ranks of business, the professions,
government, education and religion, a group of workers are emerging who
are taking responsibility for steering these changes with craft and excellence.
We call these individuals "Transition
The Mission of Taylor Management Centers
is to educate, train, facilitate and support the Transition Manager.
We do this by:
Creating physical environments conducive
to the creative process, supplied with the tools necessary to bring
forth ideas into working prototypes that are appropriate responses
to today's challenges.
Facilitating the process of individuals
and groups in learning information management and what to do to accomplish
artful design and decisions; we do this with a special emphasis on
developing the group genius of multidisciplinary teams.
Developing and implementing in client
environments project management methods and management centers that
amplify their ability to bring their visions into reality.Our goal:
A global network of Management Centers, user owned and operated, supporting
transition managers in their quest for excellence.
The result: The rebuilding of planet Earth
as a work of art, created and enjoyed by all people.
The mission of Taylor
Management Centers is to provide individuals and organizations with new
ways of working, and to redesign and re-equip the human workplace to operate
effectively in the information age.
Our basic premise is that the world is going
through the largest and most rapid transition in known history. It is
the shift from the industrial to the post-industrial or information age.
As this shift occurs, high performance executives are grasping the implication
of these changes and are taking responsibility for steering them with
craft and excellence.
We call these individuals transition managers.
The work of Taylor Management Centers is
to research, design, prototype, and market new management systems to empower
Taylor Management Centers is pioneering a
new industry - the knowledge industry - bringing executives the tools
of the new era. These are the tools an organization needs to adapt to
change - quickly and with excellence. These are the tools of the information
age. These are also the tools for the transition to that age.
The information age will require new capabilities
for the creation and application of information and knowledge. These capabilities
will result from dramatic expansion in the performance of the intellectual
resource - both human and computer-based - available within an organization.
The knowledge industry therefore is not definable
in terms of existing industries; rather, it is a totally new industry
which is being built from parts of many different and now separate enterprises.
We predict that within five years this industry
will be growing as rapidly as the computer industry is today. Our intent
is to be the first to enter the market and to be recognized as the foremost
producer of knowledge-based tools that executives, managers, and workers
will use to design, decide, and project-manage in the information economy.
Through the production of superior, highly-demanded,
and excellently designed information age systems, we expect to become,
over the next 10 years, the leader of a multi-billion dollar industry."
Since that last piece was written, MG Taylor has been learning and evolving
that vision and mission, and while the original work might be written
differently today the underlying concepts and patterns still hold true.
We are ushering in a new era.
We are transition managers.
We invent, design, develop and deliver tools,
processes and environments that facilitate individuals and organizations
in their transition to a knowledge-based world.
We are a network of individually owned and
operated 'management centers' (Enterprises of One).
The MG Taylor enterprise is the Business of Enterprise
model and consists of all of the clients (including the ones we are not
working directly with at this time), the knowledge worker network (past
and present), KnOwhere Stores, client centers and a larger environment
of vendors that support all of our work. It's important for each of us
to see the bigger picture and how the DesignShop fits in that picture
as well as how we each fit in that picture. For a healthy enterprise it
is important to grow each facet of the whole in context of the whole.
||Journal Assignment: To facilitate
the growth and development of the network it's a good time to
review your business plan (if you don't have one it may be valuable
to begin the process of developing one) and explore the ways in
which your 'transition management' plan fits with the vision,
mission, growth and development of the entire MG Taylor Enterprise.
This article was orginally the result
of the integration team's review of a work product created in Hilton Head
for MGT. That work product researched the history of MGT and brought forward
some of the original vision and mission statements from 1983. Knowledge
Workers in the network should connect or reconnect with that vision and
recreate it for themselves individually and for ourselves as a network,
collectively. This recreation will help us to move forward both consistently
For a look at a 1982 document from the
Taylor archives that addresses the rate of change and the transition economy,
For an explication of the Transition Manager's
Creed, click here.
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