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Good core values essential for any business

11:08 PM, May 4, 2013  |  Comments
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Our work with businesses often revolves around organizational culture, which is the observable illustration of how core values influence the way we do business, and how customers and employees feel about it.

One of the keys to defining and implementing core values is to engage the entire organization. According to Larry Donnithorne, in The West Point Way of Leadership, "Leaders of successful organizations make sure their followers are proud to be part of the company. For this to happen, the followers as individuals, and the organization as a whole, must have values in common."

A recent employee engagement index done by Gallup puts the percentage of truly "engaged" employees at 29 percent, with 54 percent rated as "not engaged" and an astounding 17 percent being "actively disengaged." As a result, it is important to focus on building trust through promoting a set of shared core values, and creating a sense of connectedness between team members.

These shared core values can help organizations to excel at strategic planning, goal setting and decision making, all of which can help to break down barriers and create a stronger, more unified team.

Clarifying values helps individuals and teams to prepare for situations where there are no 'right" answers. This can cause huge divisions in organizations because whatever decision is being made, often upholds one value and may totally violate another value.

This is especially true when there is no commitment to "living" the core values. In the case of Enron, for example, the word "integrity" was just a word in their statement of values, and clearly it was not a commitment that people lived by. The reaction of Johnson & Johnson to the Tylenol poisoning crisis, by contrast, offers a textbook case of ethical decision making, where the company did the tough, but the right thing for the customer.

Another area that is critical to success is that of tying core values to organizational goals. Ideally, team members should be utilizing core values in their thinking, attitudes and behaviors in order to reach personal and organizational goals.

Leadership guru Ken Blanchard stated that "Identifying the core values that define your organization is one of the most important functions of leadership. The success or failure of this process can literally make or break an organization."

In addition, one of the benefits of aligning core values organizationally is that it can help a team move from a "blame based" culture to one that is much more "accountability based", which becomes a "win-win" for all. Core values can help to reduce negativity, and can help to promote a more positive emotional climate in the workplace.

It can also help to provide resiliency on teams, especially during times of adversity, such as an economic downturn, when values such as perseverance, teamwork and courage help team members to succeed, instead of giving up.

Finally, core values help to increase productivity and develop leadership amongst team members. Having clearly articulated core values that are being 'lived" can help to attract and retain the highest quality talent.

Our belief is that core values are often a clear difference maker for organizations who develop a competitive advantage regarding their products and services, as well as being recognized as an employer of choice.

- Shipra Seefeldt and Anjali Seefeldt are a mother-daughter consulting team at Grand Chute-based Strategic Solutions Consulting. They can be reached at 920-730-2705 or www.strategic solutionsconsulting.com.

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