Core Values

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I've written about values statements and how much I hate them. They're phony, I've said. They're never about the values that an organization actually holds, they're about the values the leaders of that organization wished it held. And those leaders stretch the values so far into the unrealistic ideal, that there's no way for the people in the organization to take them seriously.

Despite these misgivings, I've led my own organization through a process to create our own values statement. I saw then and I see now the benefits that come with identifying and clearly stating the values most strongly associated with success. If nothing else, doing so provides a reflection point for everyone in the organization to check their own thinking, behaviors and actions. At best, it can become a rallying cry for the people to embrace and move towards.

I write about our core values, the process we used for creating them, and the successes and difficulties we've had along the way. Here's an index of the related posts appearing on this blog:

01/16/17 - Values Can Take Time to Change Culture
09/19/16 - Talking About Values
03/30/15 - My Script for Reinforcing Our Core Values
03/23/15 - Values and Behaviors in Sixth Grade Language: Teamwork
03/16/15 - Values and Behaviors in Sixth Grade Language: Integrity
03/09/15 - Values and Behaviors in Sixth Grade Language: Enthusiasm
03/02/15 - Values and Behaviors in Sixth Grade Language: Leadership
02/23/15 - Values Advice for New Employees: Teamwork
02/16/15 - Values Advice for New Employees: Integrity
02/09/15 - Values Advice for New Employees: Enthusiasm
02/02/15 - Values Advice for New Employees: Leadership
09/29/14 - Six Rules of Living Your Values: Conclusion
09/22/14 - Your Values Must Be Non-Negotiable
09/15/14 - Make Values a Primary Filter for Performance Evaluations
09/08/14 - Recruit People Who Naturally Are Inclined to Live Your Values
09/01/14 - Teach People What the Values Mean
08/25/14 - Don't Post Plaques on the Wall Declaring the Values
08/18/14 - Define the Values in Simple, Sixth-Grade Language
08/11/14 - Six Rules of Living Your Values: Introduction
06/23/14 - On Transparency
06/02/14 - Sharing Information Helps You Think
05/19/14 - The Case for Sharing Information
05/12/14 - Assessing Your Willingness for Dialogue
05/05/14 - Leading by Example
01/20/14 - The Most Important Value of All: Self-Reflection
01/06/14 - In the Eye of the Beholder
12/09/13 - Making the Rubber Hit the Road
11/25/13 - The Final Four
11/11/13 - Reading Between the Lines
10/28/13 - Cut, Copy and Paste
10/14/13 - The Preamble
09/30/13 - From Flipcharts to Initial Draft
09/16/13 - Flipcharts Don't Lie
09/02/13 - Mental Rules for the Staff Retreat, Part 2
08/19/13 - Mental Rules for the Staff Retreat
08/05/13 - Careful What You Ask For, Part 2
07/22/13 - Careful What You Ask For
07/15/13 - The First Step Is Always to Do a Survey

Current vs. Aspirational Values Statements

04/02/12 - Every Organization Needs Two Values Statements
I have a confession to make. I've always hated values statements. I hate them because they're fake. And being fake, they too often undermine the very purpose they were created to fulfill.

How I Developed a Values Statement for My Organization

07/08/13 - Accepting the Value of Values Statements
It was more than a year ago that I wrote about values statements and how much I hated them. They're phony, I said. Well, guess what? Shortly after I wrote that post, I started working towards a values statement for my own association.

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