How to Link Personal Values with Team Values

How to Link Personal Values with Team Values

Around tables in a large meeting room, the 200 top worldwide managers of the largest division of Levi Strauss were selecting their key personal values from a deck of 50 “values cards.” Each person arranged the cards according to his or her most important and least important values, and then placed his or her name card on the piles. Next, the whole group walked around the room looking at each array. People were amazed at the diversity of the values and at the range of values people selected as most important. They could begin to understand how the values lay behind each manager’s workstyle. Each table of participants then had a rich discussion on how their values led them to act the way they did at work.

Values: The Organization’s Cultural Bedrock

Values: The Organization's Cultural Bedrock

Organizations appear to have two kinds of values—hard values about profitability and business success, and softer values about people and relationships. And when push comes to shove, the conventional wisdom is that the soft values are sacrificed to the harder ones.

Can the Values-First Company Survive?

Can the Values-First Company Survive?

Business today is no respecter of the past. Family companies have to renew values that are energizing and revise those that prevent them from competing.

Building Value on Values

Building Value on Values

It’s all very well jotting down a few vague words as a values statement, but the ultimate challenge is to make them real. Dennis Jaffe offers some helpful tips for business families who want their business to grow from a realistic, rather than an idealistic, set of core values.

The Values Wheel: Identifying, Aligning and Enacting Personal Values

The Values Wheel: Identifying, Aligning and Enacting Personal Values

One of the major distinguishing qualities of human beings is our ability to move beyond basic needs and organize our lives and communities around a complex set of higher principles which we call Values. But values are difficult to define and even more challenging to implement in our lives. How do we identify and organize our values and link our personal values with those of others to create successful shared enterprises?
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