We talk about them.
We say we have them.
We get frustrated or angry when someone doesn’t value the same things we do.
Let me ask you this: Could you name your top five values quickly?
I know one of mine is accountability because I’ve been dealing with a business situation for the last few months that has pushed that value to the limits.
It’s been fascinating – and incredibly frustrating – to watch the leaders of a company from whom I purchased a service/product go about delivering what they promised.
Their promises were filled with words that were wonderful and inspiring; rich with possibilities.
The reality was they didn’t deliver.
What they delivered was sub-standard and nothing close to what was promised.
Now, for someone like me who has a very strong value of accountability, you can imagine how this landed. (A few expletives outta my mouth I must admit)
I believe in doing what you say you’re going to do. Delivering what you say you’re going to deliver. Seems pretty simple, right? (I am currently working on a satisfactory solution with the company. Lots of wasted time and energy.)
Accountability is also part of the work I do within organizations with leaders and their teams. I made sure to incorporate it into my work – it’s that important to me.
What’s important to you?
What values are absolute deal-breakers for you?
I deliver a ½ -day workshop for organizations that involves a deep-dive into what values are, what they mean to us and how to find yours. It’s a powerful experience and eye-opening for many who thought they knew what their values were. This process informs how their company shows up in the world, not just in a mission statement, but in their organizational culture.
It’s so powerful that I include it as part of The Exhale Retreat™ experience.
We’ll have a robust discussion and you’ll have time to reflect with a worksheet of though-provoking questions to guide you.
Because you use them every day.
You use them to make decisions – small and large.
You use them in how you interact with co-workers, friends, family, strangers.
You use them internally as your compass.
Because they are at the core of what drives you.