It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. – Roy Disney
Two thought-provoking quotes about values...
Is there a value MOST important to you?
Oh boy, this is a loaded question if there ever was one...recently, I posted this in my social media outlets...Humility - a modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness. (With the image below.)
I got an interesting response from someone: "That's why she is known as Saint....but the fact is her humility list does not apply to current corporate culture. They are good but of no use."
That got me thinking...is there ONE value that is the MOST important? Are there some values NOT applicable to corporate? Before we delve further, let's define core values...
What Are Core Values?
Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. They are the guiding principles that dictate behavior and action. They can help people know what is right from wrong; they can help companies to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their business goals; and they create an unwavering and unchanging guide. There are many different types of core values and many different examples of core values depending upon the context.
Core Values About Life...
Often, when you hear someone discuss why they fell in love with a spouse, a cause, a company they usually mention they have the same values. They are often talking about core values, or internal beliefs that dictate how life is to be lived. Core values about life focuses around BELIEF. As parents, we also try to instill these core values in our children.
Of course, core values don't always have to be positive. Some people may be driven by self-interest or greed, and these are core values as well.
Corporate Core Values
Companies can have core values as well. These are the guiding principles that help to define how the corporation would behave. They are usually expressed in the corporation's mission statement.
Some examples of core values for a company might include commitments to:
Companies may also have negative core values as well. Companies that are solely motivated by profit, such as tobacco companies who lied to their customers about the dangers of smoking, may have been driven by core values of self-interest and an overly strong profit motive.
Identifying Core Values...Watch...
While some people or companies might expressly publish their core values, often the best way to identify these values is to watch how they act and behave. A core value is only a true core value if it has an active influence and if the people or company manage to live by it albeit, at least most of the time. Here's a partial Core Values List:
Note: those in bold were found in multiple values lists...
Belief in Others
Team - work
From a corporate perspective here are some high-flying performance-based companies and their values:
The Best People
Client Value Creation
One Global Network
Respect for the Individual
Respect for People
A Will to Win
Don’t Take Ourselves Too Seriously
Barnes & Noble Booksellers
Boston Consulting Group
Respect for the Individual
Clients Come First
The Strategic Perspective
Expanding the Art of the Possible
Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
Advancing Cancer Research
Focus on the user and all else will follow.
It’s best to do one thing really, really well.
Fast is better than slow.
Democracy on the web works.
You don’t need to be at your desk to need an answer.
You can make money without doing evil.
There’s always more information out there.
The need for information crosses all borders.
You can be serious without a suit.
Great just isn’t good enough.
Substance over flash
Treat like Friends and Family
Teach For America
Respect and Humility
Caring about our communities
Caring about our environment
Healthy eating education
Open and Honest Relationships
More With Less
A note about HUMILITY...
Getting to one of my points about humility...notice how it did NOT appear until Zappos! So, perhaps the person in my social media post had a point...it's a head-scratcher to me...
So, WHICH value is the most important?
Like thumbprints, we are all DIFFERENT, our opportunity is to align ourselves with people, companies who share similar values...ideally, while being able to embrace the differences and accept the fact that we may differ from what others hold near / dear.
If you are working for a company, you will be best served if your values align...misaligned and it will be only a matter of time before you disengage OR they disengage you!
Are there some values NOT applicable to corporate?
My opinion...nope! All values are fair game in corporate.
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