Many people don't believe in mission and vision statements because they say that their principles rarely show up in employee behavior. How would that change if every new employee had to sign a "Rules of Engagement" as a condition of hire? What if leaders lived those rules?
In an earlier post, I mentioned Bob Sutton's upcoming book, the No Asshole Rule. The book is now in stores and triggering lots of discussion. Bob Sutton has blogged about his work with SuccessFactors, which includes the "No Asshole Rule" principle in its "Rules of Engagement" for all employees. What is powerful here is how this set of rules can change the conversation at work. Here is a comment from Guy Kawasaki, SuccessFactors' 14 rules and a test to see whether you are an a-hole at work.