How Strong Are Your Core Values?

Peter Drucker was hailed by BusinessWeek as “the man who invented management.” Drucker was a prolific writer publishing over 39 management books and countless articles.  One of Drucker’s famous quotes was “culture eats strategy for breakfast” emphasizing the importance of core values in an organization.  In 1994, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras continued the core values mantra in their popular book Built To Last.

How do you know you have strong core values?  Ask yourself these three questions:

  1. Would you actually fire somebody for violating one of your values?
  2. Would you be willing to take a financial hit in order to live one of your values?
  3. Can you tell some stories about when and how your team demonstrated each value?

One fun and impactful exercise is to start team meetings by going around the table and asking each person give an example of how they have seen others demonstrating one of the values.  First of all, this forces team members to know the core values in order to make the observations and secondly it underscores the importance of living the core values for all to see.

Empower your team to live the organization’s core values and you’ll experience more success.

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