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I love values, we all have them, for most bigger organisations they write them up and muddle on from there. I seriously wonder sometimes if they know much about them.

For smaller organisations there is often a reluctance to write them out, fiddle with them etc, as they see it as an unnecessary thing to do. (basically a waste of time) until something happens and then they wish they had a list of them to fall back on as a support, to provide guidance.

Here is a bunch of values an organisation chasing the aims and ideals of excellence might list and utilise. I will expand on these and offer a few examples to give some ideas and options for their use.

  • Leadership: The courage to shape a better future by positive actions – The ability to motivate people to explore excellence – Lead by example “see something, do something”
  • Respect: For each other, the people we serve and the environment – From the way we communicate to the way we act on all levels
  • Tolerance: Of others, their views, beliefs and values
  • Collaboration: Leverage collective genius – work cooperatively with others – Comply with all legal and statutory authorities – Explore ways to develop profitable business relationships
  • Integrity: Consistency of honest working principles and beliefs – Build trust through our positive actions – Build our structural integrity to ensure sustained growth through a solid foundation – We build with a culture of mutual respect for all – Aim to be ecologically sustainable
  • Accountability: If it is to be, it’s up to me – See something, Do something, take action to make things right – Think globally, act locally – Hold true to a high level duty of care
  • Passion: Committed in heart and mind to get great results we can all be proud of
  • Quality: What we do, we do well – We openly explore ways to improve at all levels – A commitment to personal and professional excellence – A commitment to great service at all levels – Aiming to be a highly professional team
  • Adaptable: We are able to take initiative and embrace projects and challenges with the guideline of “Improvise – Adapt – Overcome”

These cover most areas of human interaction, and at any time an issue arises they can be called upon to offer guidance as to which direction things might go.

I figure these are vital to a contemporary organisation and offer a wide range of options for future development. Want to move forward, check there is a value or two you might want to follow and use it to  your advantage. A wise guiding hand in times of need is one which offers flexibility and direction, Look no further folks, here is the start to being guided by wisdom.

Steve Gray -

Steve is a business educator – Trainer – Speaker (Steve Gray.biz). You can get his Leadership E Book from http://theleadershipguy.com.au
The info provided in these articles is for educational purposes only and is intended as a starting point for you to build your business from, not as specific advice.


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