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Values Watch

Rank the following for 2012:

  • What you achieved
  • What you learned
  • Where you went
  • Whom you helped
  • What you consumed
  • What you saved
  • What you gave
  • What you acquired
  • Where you spent time
  • How often you forgave

Which do you want to focus on in 2013?

Family Values

Corporate values (when they work) shape a culture that enables the organization to thrive. When these values work they shape decision making, promotions, leadership. Everyone knows the values and pursues them with intentionality. They do not exist as decoration – pretty posters on the walls. Rather, they are part of the everyday dialogue about how we operate and interact.

What if we applied the same approach to our families?

Imagine you could define the values for your family. These values would be discussed at dinner. They would influence how you shop and vacation. Your language and daily routines would be determined by the values you chose.

If you could define values for your family to pursue, what would they be? (I’ll post mine next Friday.)

[For the record, my process is simple. I asked each family member if they were to build a statue like the Statue of Liberty to represent a value important to our family, what would the statues stand for?]

Hierarchy of Values

Abraham Maslow is renowned for identifying the hierarchy of needs that humans have: physiological, safety, love/belonging, esteem, self-actualization. The satisfaction of lower needs generally precede and must occur before higher needs can be addressed.

What if corporate values are the same way? What if the development of certain values are more foundational and generally precede other values for a company to be most effective?

If I were responsible for the training of new employees, I would spend the whole first year indoctrinating them into the value of accountability. We must begin with the foundation that if you see something that needs fixing or doing, you are responsible. You own the success, not just of yourself but of the company.

Year two would be dedicated to truth telling. If we cannot be honest with one another about the company and our behavior we are doomed.

Year three would focus on compassion. It would be nice to put this in year one, but without accountability, compassion would fail. Without truth, compassion stifles needed discussion.

That’s my hierarchy of corporate values. How would you arrange yours?

Best Of #1

I’ve blogged almost every day for the last 6 months. Now it is time for me to recharge. While I take a short break, I am bringing back 10 of my favorite blogs of the last 6 months. Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and giving me the energy to keep going all this time.

How to Get Value From Corporate Values

Our New Cathedral

Where do we learn our values? Who teaches us what is important in life?

Some of these lessons come from our parents and our upbringing, but they continue to be shaped throughout our lives.

My friend Andrea Goeglein made an interesting observation. We were talking after a speech I had given to the Stillpoint Center for Spiritual Development in Las Vegas. She said that whereas people used to regularly attend weekly religious services and draw moral guidance from that experience, attendance in such services is dwindling. Instead people are spending more and more time at work, and we as a society are drawing more and more of our values from the company we keep.

This notion will undoubtedly scare some who see corporate America as evil. However, there is good and bad in every system. Some organizations bring out the absolute best values in their employees, their communities, their customers. I’m not talking about the official corporate values on the plaque in the lobby (e.g., teamwork, honesty, integrity). I wrote recently about why those values fail to stick.

I’m talking about the unstated values. What is important to your organization? Materialism? Relationships? Personal fulfillment? Winning at all costs? Shareholders over employees? Customers above all else?

If you don’t pay attention, your organization’s values will become your own without you even noticing. So sit up straight. Listen carefully. Services are in session.