Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to define your mission for your next strategic period and manage on that basis. The cadence of business almost often follows financial management, and for good reason. Monthly, quarterly and annual accounting and financial practices are necessary to operate any successful business. The trouble is, your assets don’t give a single care about your arbitrary accounting and financial intervals. Assets have their own cadence to which they prefer to be managed and it is generally longer term than the quarterly or annual financial way-points. Choosing a longer mission, say 3-5+ years, takes out some of the lumpiness in production and spend, especially when outages and turnarounds are involved. It allows a longer runway than annual results to develop a strategy, objectives and plans to achieve progressive business goals. This sets up the business goals nicely when the next M+1 period requires a 10% productivity improvement over the last M-1 period. The operational leader can and should choose to manage on the basis of the strategic mission period which can, over time lead to better decisions and better business outcomes desired by both Finance and Operations.