What is Paizo's Mission Statement?


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What is Paizo's mission statement?

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Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

Never been a fan of them. I realize that the point is to have some simple statement that you can measure grand decisions (or even small decisions) against, but to me, the whole concept essentially presupposes that the people in charge don't have the brains to figure out which ideas are good and which are bad (or at least have such a complicated organization structure that decision-making is spread out over more than a reasonable number of people).


Isn't a mission statement more of a joint-stock company thing to inform potential share-holders what means the company will use to generate profit for those share-holders?


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Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

Lately I'd say their mission statement is "hoover as much disposable income out of thunderspirit's bank account as possible." :-)

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Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

I always thought that it was:

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

-Lisa


I for one bow before our new paizonian overlords.

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

I always thought that it was:

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

-Lisa

Lisa, come on, this is 2012.

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their significant others."

Spoiler:

If there's not a "Politically Correct Conan" twitter feed, there probably should be.

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It just doesn't have the right ring to it with the political correctness. The original statement is the only way to go. ;-)


The tape self-destructed before they got the mission statement.


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From a consumer perspective, it looks like "Be F****ng Awesome"


Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

How about?:

One SRD to rule them all,
One SRD to find them,
One SRD to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them.

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

I always thought that it was:

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

-Lisa

Is that your birthday present this year? Oh Happy Birthday.


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Lisa Stevens wrote:

I always thought that it was:

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

I understand when people get older it ends up involving things like "Hot water, good dentishtry and shoft lavatory paper."

Grand Lodge

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Lisa Stevens wrote:

I always thought that it was:

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

-Lisa

And this is the reason why I posted this topic. I just didn't know it. :)

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Make cool products while not losing money?

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Lisa Stevens wrote:
Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

I always thought that it was:

"To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

-Lisa

And once again I offer you my services in the crushing and driving before you parts. >:)

I checked with my wife and I'm not allowed to hear the lamentations of other women. :/


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"We Fear Bees."

Of course, that's just a ruse to conceal their real mission statement.

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"The Golem destroys all!"

no?


hogarth wrote:

"We Fear Bees."

Of course, that's just a ruse to conceal their real mission statement.

Yeah, that mission statement will help keep the PG-13 rating. Or at least cover up the adult-themed exceeses...


Wow the ass kissing is on display in a grand scale here.

Grand Lodge

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"I can't tolerate Lactose"

Oh, no, wait, that's hufflepuff.


"Be excellent to each other (except goblins)"


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It'd be nice if they had an honest missions statement, like in that movie, Crazy People.

"The Carrion Crown. It won't just scare your PCs, it'll @#$% them up for life."

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Aretas wrote:
Wow the ass kissing is on display in a grand scale here.

That's a terrible mission statement.

:b

What did you expect? The Paizo forums are a natural place for fans of Paizo to go, and Mission Statements are always positive.
So, the only way to join in this thread is to make a positive statement about Paizo.

Or to snark, natch.

And anyway, what have people said?
-i spend a lot of money on paizo stuff x1
- paizo stuff is good x2
- jokey meme x8
- A comment on the scary mascot x1

For shame, you horrible creeps! Handing out two/three whole compliments! Don't you know how wrong it is to celebrate things you enjoy? You're probably the kind of miserable losers who tell your partner that you love them and congratulate their friends when they're succesful! For shame! You disgusting boot-lickers!

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Aretas wrote:
Wow the ass kissing is on display in a grand scale here.

To be fair, "Ass kicking on display in a grand scale" is a pretty decent mission statement.

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Brian Darnell wrote:
What is Paizo's mission statement?

"Fun."

Scarab Sages

This:

TriOmegaZero wrote:
"Fun."

Made me think of this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sUz5PbbIzk

Grand Lodge

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Excellent taste my friend.

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The other problem I have with mission statements is that, well, sometimes you need to move the goalposts more frequently than you might think.

Take the mission statement we came up with shortly after I started at Wizards of the Coast in 1993: "To make games as big as movies." A lofty goal for a company whose biggest product lines were a couple of minor RPGs. Yet just a few years later, the Pokémon TCG did a billion dollars in retail sales in a single year. That alone would put it among the top 10 highest-grossing movies ever (and those are measured by *lifetime* gross, not just a year).

Or, if Paizo had created a mission statement at the start of doing business, it probably would have involved the word "magazine," as that's all we did. But just five years in, we were no longer doing a *single* thing we did when we started the company.


I agree, mission statements are so '90s.

To be serious here, have you considered a list of Core Values?

There's a decent book out there called "Tribal Leadership" that talks about stages of groups of people (tribes) and what it takes to advance to a place where your tribe produces excellent work and creates a 'healthy' environment. Core Values, and a wholesale embracing of them (using them to help validate difficult decisions, etc.) is a stepping stone into the highest stages. A high stage tribe creates the best products, has the most satisfied employees/members, and creates its own competitive advantage.

Management mumbo-jumbo books aside, I grok the concept of Core Values. To be honest, I think a short staff meeting at Paizo would generate this list, and it would not be full of surprises (when all is said and done).
It MIGHT be illuminating to some, and it might be a useful tool when tricky decisions arise.

Or you might think it's a waste of your time.

YMMV,

Marcus


Make awesome games, get paid for it.

What else do they need?

And if someone thinks I'm kissing ass, hey... kiss my ass.

Grand Lodge

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Goatlord wrote:

I agree, mission statements are so '90s.

To be serious here, have you considered a list of Core Values?

There's a decent book out there called "Tribal Leadership" that talks about stages of groups of people (tribes) and what it takes to advance to a place where your tribe produces excellent work and creates a 'healthy' environment. Core Values, and a wholesale embracing of them (using them to help validate difficult decisions, etc.) is a stepping stone into the highest stages. A high stage tribe creates the best products, has the most satisfied employees/members, and creates its own competitive advantage.

Management mumbo-jumbo books aside, I grok the concept of Core Values. To be honest, I think a short staff meeting at Paizo would generate this list, and it would not be full of surprises (when all is said and done).
It MIGHT be illuminating to some, and it might be a useful tool when tricky decisions arise.

Or you might think it's a waste of your time.

YMMV,

Marcus

+1. I've read it and agree. It's a good book. I think Paizo falls into the Life is Great mentality just by playing the game they make. The lifestyle creates a positive tribe making the goal to make better games by gamers a circular path.

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See, I was thinking it was "Make good product, sell it for a decent profit, buy Vic and Lisa Star Wars stuff."


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Vic Wertz wrote:
...the Pokémon TCG did a billion dollars in retail sales in a single year.

That's astonishing.

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Steve Geddes wrote:
Vic Wertz wrote:
...the Pokémon TCG did a billion dollars in retail sales in a single year.
That's astonishing.

Yeah, and I'm pretty sure that didn't even include the Japanese sales, since the Japanese version wasn't published by Wizards.

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