We strive to be a chaordic organization as outlined by Dee Hock, the former chairman of Visa International, in The Birth of the Chaordic Age and One from Many. Purpose and principles are key to any charter,
Here is some beginning information if this approach resonates with you and your team. (Bolding is mine) We find having a set of principles to be really unifying.
“Developing a self-organizing, self-governing organization worthy of the
trust of all participants usually requires intensive effort. To maximize their
chances of success, most groups have taken a year or more on the process. During that time, a representative group of individuals (sometimes called a drafting team) from all parts of the engaged organization or community meet regularly and work through the chaordic design process.
The steps involved in conceiving and creating a more chaordic organization are:
Develop a Statement of Purpose
The first step is to define, with absolute clarity and deep conviction, the
purpose of the community. An effective statement of purpose will be a clear,commonly understood statement of that which identifies and binds the community together as worthy of pursuit. …
Define a Set of Principles
Once the purpose has been clearly stated, the next step is to define, with
the same clarity, conviction and common understanding, the principles by which those involved will be guided in pursuit of that purpose. Principles typically have high ethical and moral content, and developing them requires engaging the whole person, not just the intellect. The best will be descriptive, not prescriptive, and each principle will illuminate the others. Taken as a whole, together with the purpose, the principles constitute the body of belief that will bind the community together and against which all decisions and acts will be judged.”