Values are the moral compass that guide our actions. They represent the things of greatest importance in our lives. They are different than goals in which we set out to accomplish a task and complete it. Values can be the blueprint in how we go about achieving our goals. A key premise is that when you work in concert with your values; you are more productive, satisfied and happy. Conversely, when you are not synchronized with your values; satisfaction and productivity levels can be lower.
Let's look at values. We have seen the IBM Values:
- Dedication to every client's success
- Innovation that matters - for our company and the world
- Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships
So, what are your personal values? Do you know what they are? Here are some examples of values:
Accomplishments, Achievement, Adventure, Appearance, Autonomy, Creative Expression, Challenge, Change, Commitment, Community, Competence, Collaboration, Connection, Decision-making, Emotional well-being, Elegance, Environment, Excellence, Excitement, Family, Fast Pace, Flexibility, Friendships, Freedom, Fun, Financial Independence, Health, Harmony, Honesty, Humor, Influence, Integrity, Innovation, Intimacy, Joy, Knowledge, Leisure, Leadership, Loyalty, Mental Stimulation, Nature, Orderliness, Personal Growth, Physical Activity, Power/Authority, Privacy, Responsibility, Recognition, Results, Rewards, Risk-taking, Self-expression, Service, Solitude, Spirituality, Trust, VarietyWhat would be your top 5? Know that your 5 may be unlike anyone else's. Any surprises?
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As a manager, when you understand your people's values; you can predict how a message/directive/assignment, etc. will be perceived before you even give it. Getting to know what your people value, can help you ensure their satisfaction in their roles. For example: I have an extremely creative team that values their creativity and mental stimulation. One of the worse things I can do as a manager, is prescribe the actions they need to take. What I do instead is bring the problem to the team and let them come up with the creative solutions to address the needs. This allows for them to be creative, and we get a far better solution to the issue than if I were to prescribe the solution.
So, what do you value? How do you honor your values in how you live and work?
Comments/thoughts always appreciated.
Until next time,