What are your core values, and why are they important to consider when evaluating your career options? Your core values are principles that you find desirable, important or even essential. An alignment between your career and your core values produces satisfaction, a sense of happiness and fulfillment. A misalignment can cause everything from minor problems to major disruptions.
Some managers may feel that their choices of corporate strategy are entirely objective. This may well be so if they include their personal values among the elements they take into account in their analyses and decisions. For it is quite clear, on the basis both of observation and of systematic studies of top management in business organizations, that personal values are important determinants in the choice of corporate strategy.
Organizational values reflect the collective judgment of what’s important in an organization. When organizational values are operationalized, lived and communicated people know where to put their attention. They make decisions more quickly and they commit more fully to those decisions.
When personal values don’t match up with organizational values, there would definitely be stress for both the person and the organization. It’s not a perfect world, though, so it’s unlikely that you’ll always have a perfect match between the two
Ask yourself these questions: When were your values most alive? When were they missing? In the world, who demonstrates values that inspire you?
Having a purpose in life is associated with all kinds of benefits. Research suggests that purpose is tied to having better health, longevity, and even economic success. It feels good to have a sense of purpose, knowing that you are using your skills to help others in a way that matters to you.
If you’re not willing to accept the pain real values incur, don’t bother going to the trouble of formulating a values statement. You’ll be better off without one. But if you have the fortitude to see the effort through, you can learn some important lessons from the few companies that have adopted meaningful corporate values.
What makes a happy and satisfied employee? The majority would probably answer this: A BIG SALARY. Having a clear understanding of your personal values gives you a guide on what to look for in a company that you want to work with. Ask yourself this: What do I value the most in my life?
You want to be a great boss. You want your company to be a great place to work. But right now, at this very moment, one of your key employees might be about to walk out the door.
In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know how to control. So most executives manage it according to their intuition.