Solving the People Problem: Core Values
When you’re trying to make a change at your organization, there’s no question: you can’t do it on your own. You need to have a staff who 1) understands your vision, 2) shares your core values regarding how your organization should work and 3) sits in the right seat for his or her skill set.
One of the best ways to strengthen what we call the “People Component” of your business is to examine and solidify your core values. If you read my last post on strengthening your vision, you’ll recognize this as the first question that’s critical to creating a vision for yourself and your organization.
Your core values are the three to seven characteristics or behavioral attitudes that define the culture of your organization. To discover them for yourself, you might ask yourself, “What are the fundamental and common beliefs that should drive our thinking, behaviors, decisions and actions every minute of every day?”
Once you decide on them, they should be non-negotiable. Stay true to them. Make sure that they’re clear and understood by all of your team members, then hire, fire, review, reward, and recognize your people consistently around these core values.
Even a small change such as this will ensure that your staff is aligned and ready to help you make the changes you need to get your organization the momentum it deserves.