Thursday, November 19, 2009

Talking about Values

I am convinced that many organizations and teams would be better off if, as a matter of course, they held discussions on key values. For example, these meetings could explore how management and employees regard:
  • Honesty
  • Loyalty
  • Trustworthiness
  • Courage
  • Fairness
  • Respect
  • Civic responsibility
  • Competence
  • Candor
  • Reliability
  • Caring
  • Initiative

In my experience, employees hunger for such discussions. The values may be on some poster in the break room, but people wonder about how they are translated in the board room or the conference room or out in the field. And they aren't going to learn it solely through example. Open discussion is required.

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