“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ” Freya Stark
What are core values? These are values that are important to you or the organization you work for. These are deep-seated values that you identify with as necessary components of you or you work. Some people value honesty, integrity, trust, intelligence, or a strong work ethic. No matter what they are if they are in alignment with who you are the more satisfied you’ll be. Your identity is wrapped up in your core values. It is what you believe in.
How well do you know your core values? I have found that looking at a list of over 300 values that most people find it difficult to winnow the list down to just a few values, just 3 or 4 values that are the most important to them. With too many values it is easy to get lose focus on what is really important and identify with values that are tangential to the real you.
Why is it important to have just a few values? You can certainly have many values that are important and without a focus on a few it leads to less intense focus on the values that are the most important. There are probably just three to five core values that you can develop with sufficient intensity to make substantial improvements on.
Identify your values
1. Take a look at a list of values and quickly choose 10 values that you identify with
2. Narrow the list of 10 values down to 5
3. Now choose the 3 values that you strongly identify with
What can you do to strengthen your values?
Take a look at Zappos values and how they apply those values in the work environment.
How are you living out your values?
If you are interested in finding your core values Taylor Protocols offers an assessment that will identify your strengths in four areas. The information is useful in finding the right career and how to resolve conflicts with others. When you know what values are being challenged in yourself you can develop strategies to reduce that conflict.
Take some time and get to know your core values today.
Posted in being, goals, Knowledge, Relationships, Strengths, stress
Tagged career selection, conflict resolution, Core Values, I haven't found what I am looking for, knowledge, love, power, Taylor Protocols, Wisdom, Zappos
The natural dance of water as it cascades on its downward trek towards its destination is called flow. The water is not deterred in seeking its ultimate goal. Even the obstacles that block the path and flow of water only do so temporality.
Water that is moving has power. Water that stands still becomes stagnant and polluted.
Our lives are like water in many respects in that we need to keep moving, learning and growing. To sit still for long periods of time is to grow stagnant.
What new ideas are flowing within you?
“The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze” Ralph Waldo Emerson
A critical leadership trait is integrity. The word integrity comes from the Latin ‘Integritas’ which meant soundness. Going back in history to the height of the Roman armies the story goes that the soldiers would put on their leather armor and then would strike with their fist shouting ‘Integritas’ when they did. The sound of good solid leather was filled with integrity. Overtime the ritual became less important and as a result the Roman Army lost their integrity (‘Integritas’) – their soundness and began to lose their battles.
Leaders in today’s world also have to be filled with sound principles, sound action, sound reasoning and morally correct reasoning. Leaders need to be filled with integrity. The difficult today as it was with the Roman Army maintaining integrity is difficult when forces all around the leader attempt to reduce or remove integrity. When personal gain is at stake we too often seen leaders crumble and their integrity melt. As Lord Acton once said, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
Leaders need to remain humble even as their power (assumed or otherwise) rises to ensure that their integrity is not compromised, once lost it is difficult to regain.
Posted in Humility, Leadership
Tagged corruption, history, Humility, Integritas, integrity, Leadership, leather armor, Lord Acton, power, roman armies
Let’s start with a couple of questions. What are your answers?
1. If you were to FULLY live your life, what is the first
change you would start to make?
2. What do you want MORE of in your life? (Make a list)
3. What do you want LESS of in your life? (Make a list)
4. What are three things you are doing regularly that don’t
serve or support you?
5. What would you try now if you knew you could not fail?
Have you considered what your life would be like if you were fully engaged in your own story? Engagement means being proactive in charting your future, designing a plan that will push you towards that future and then executing the plan to realize your new future.
It’s not an easy task to create your future. It is easier to take a path that may take you to nowhere, or as it could be called utopia (that being a non-existent place). Marianne Williamson writes “Our greatest power to change our world lies in our power to see beyond the veil. For we will invoke the world we choose to see.” What do you choose to see?