This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2007 ISSN # 1545-8873
“The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.” — Jacob Bronowski
“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse gift will find a fitting place.” — Margaret Mead
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambitions inspired, and success achieved.” — Helen Keller
“A people that values its privileges over its principles soon loses both.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
Organizational transformation always starts with personal transformation. The deepest connection bonding people together is shared values.
Values guide our decisions and actions, in an unconscious way. We leaders may be out of touch with what our values are.
Identify and explore your core values – name 4-6 that really matter. Write your own definition of them, take an inventory of how well you are living up to these values, and adapt your actions accordingly.
Then do the same with your organization. What is the intersect between your values and your group’s? A high degree of alignment is invaluable in orchestrating cultural change.
There are preset lists of values to look at and draw from:
Have everyone list five: one per post-it and examine the commonalities.
See Mindful Leadership.
Evaluate your business values: List of Business Values.
An HR how-to on Values: Identify and Live Your Personal Values.
Key Associates offers leadership training and facilitation of retreats to form an organization’s mission, vision, and values.
An assessment of values for employees and job-seekers Workplace Values Assessment.
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