It’s a very simple title for an essential piece of work. People sometimes feel that they are wandering aimlessly, no map, compass or direction to follow. The same happens in organisations, groups, not-for-profits and teams.
Often it’s because the values aren’t viewed as the foundation of everything that is holding up your work, and because as much as you may love your organisations values, it’s perhaps very rare that they are consulted: people are more likely to consult other people rather than a written statement on the wall or sitting in a dusty file labelled ‘Our Values’.
You’re a new charity or non-profit who wants to build a culture aligned with your core values, or you’ve been around a while and you need to review what you’re building on and articulating to others, reignite your passion and your people for what is guiding you. Above all else, you want to ensure that your culture and all your activities are in alignment with the core of who you are, the story of why you exist and the difference you want to make.
The hardest part is not wanting to make a difference. No, it’s maintaining. Maintaining your values that inform your work. Values work is never ever done. – Dawn Barclay
You know that values, missions, and purposes are not a paper exercise. They are a living thing.
Leading From Within
Aligning with your values should make life easier for any organisation. If the core is built on strong foundations then all the decisions to be made, choices to be considered, and delivery of services would consult this core to establish what is the right move at that time.
Often, within an organisation, a handful of people identify what their core values are and there is a good attempt at ensuring that everyone knows about them – literature, new employees, websites – but sometimes that attempt isn’t enough. The culture of the people can – often does – override the core, the values get lost in translation, decisions and choices are made without taking them into account, work is delivered that doesn’t match.
Values can be seen as a separate exercise: nice to have but in reality difficult to implement. All too often they agreed upon away from the demands of the work, soon they have put aside because people can’t see how they can work in practice, are reluctant to change the existing culture, or they haven’t secured a plan on how they will be delivered moment by moment actually ‘doing’ the work.
I believe people need powerful experiences in life, and organisations can help people reach more of their potential by encouraging them to express themselves fully, build a culture of trust and authenticity, deliver and provide life-changing skills, and a chance to build knowledge.
Nothing changes unless people change. Nobody can deliver something they don’t understand or can become emotionally involved with.
To become a values-led organisation everyone has to be inspired by the reason ‘why’ you exist and ‘why’ you do what you do.
I can help this happen by supporting you to:
- create a value based culture
- deliver services that go from good to great
- manage and understand change
- release their unlimited creative potential
- match words to behaviours
- work in a culture that is a joy to be part of
- take accountability, ownership, and control
- embrace development growth
- develop a resilient and growth mindset
- grow future leaders
- move from self-interest to team interest
- empower themselves and inspire others
- make confident decisions and choices
- embrace an open and honest communication system
- greater expectations and higher self-efficacy
Please get in touch and talk to me. We can confidentially talk through what is currently happening, including the current problems. Identify what your current culture looks like and where the values are not being held up and make recommendations to build that stronger base.
You might find this useful:
Although written for the individual seeking to identify their core values, you may find some of the questions useful at this time: download The Core Values Workbook