Level Vision Newsletter June 2009
Values are very much in the news these days. The MP expenses scandal in the UK revolves around the concept of what is right. What happens if what you do is “within the rules” but your actions undermine the trust that you have built with your team, or with your clients? In my blog Personal Branding, why bother? I make the point that it is important to look after your reputation, in the same way that companies look after their good name, which they often do by using Public Relations companies. One of the best ways to start is to examine your values.
A tip for establishing what your values are
Write a list of 10 aspects of yourself that you really like – special talents, qualities, behaviours, no matter how small or insignificant some of them may seem. Then, in the second column, think a little bit deeper – what does each one stem from, what is the deeper value that your behaviour is allowing others to gain an inkling of? For example, you may feel you have a special talent for bringing people together and getting them to agree a way forward. Is the value behind that talent a desire to work in a happy, consensual environment (“Harmony”) or is it based on your wish to have an impact and persuade others (“Influence”)? Below the chart is a possible list of some values you might choose. You might like to start with a work or social situation where you felt were adding value, where your qualities, effort, insights made a difference.
The situation where I made a difference…
|My special talents, qualities, behaviours||The values behind them|
Some possible values:
Achievement, adventure, challenge, love, cooperation, community, creativity, decisiveness, fairness, family, friendships, growth, happiness, harmony, honesty, independence, influence, intellectual stimulation, knowledge, loyalty, Nature, physical challenge, power, quality, respect, responsibility, status, supporting others, variety, wealth, wisdom…
Once you have identified the values you think are important you will be in a much better position to live those values. And the people you work with will experience that consistency in a positive way.
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