Vision versus mission
I am often asked the difference between vision and mission. Here’s my latest stab at the answer.
Vision and mission are closely related and as a result often used interchangeably. The way I differentiate is that a vision is a state of being, a mission is how we do it.
Vision = adjective, noun
Mission = adverb, verb
This is most easily distinguished in not for profit organizations.
Vision= No homeless in our city
Mission = With dignity and empathy, provide free and subsidized transition housing, medical care and training.
I have no idea of the credibility of this website, but it is the one I refer to most often when I get this question, because it is the clearest and validates with my definition and use of these concepts.
A mission is still a valuable attribute toward which you work. It helps your team know how they should operate. By operating in that way they are achieving a certain state of being. (See how they can be interchanged?) I think that in your case, this statement can be written as a state of being (vision format) if you so desire rewording it. I am working with another team that has described their vision in this way. “We will be a team that maximizes our capacity to integrate and innovate…..” Still needs to some work, but will give you an idea that you can easily convert your actions to a state of being if you so desire.