Bruce Feiler, February 25, 2013, The Atlantic
Covey's innovation was to encourage families to do something similar and create a family mission statement. “The goal,” he wrote, “is to create a clear, compelling vision of what you and your family are all about.” He likened the statement to the flight plan of an airplane. “Good families—even great families—are off track 90 percent of the time,” he wrote. What makes them good is they have a clear destination in mind, and they have a flight plan to get there. As a result, when they face the inevitable turbulence and human error, they keep coming back to their plan.