You’ve probably heard the saying ‘When you don’t know what you stand for, you’ll fall for anything’. Or words to that effect.
What you stand for depends on what you value. What are the 10 most important foundations you live your life by? (If you want to check, you can do an Internet search for ‘values tests’ and complete one or two.)
Values give you deep roots. They’re your ‘inner compass’ that guides your actions and decisions.
Knowing your own values helps you to find a good employment match. Working with an organisation with similar values to your own makes it easy to practice what you preach–or ‘walk your talk’, which we considered last week. You’re happiest and work best when your own values and the values of your employer are in accord. And you’re happiest and achieve the most when you spend the bulk of your time, at work and at home, on activities that reflect your values.
When you have a strong sense of your own values and behave in line with them, you’re easy to work with because you behave consistently. This earns people’s confidence and trust–the lubrication every organisation needs to operate optimally.
So, then: What are your top ten values? Do they match your organisation’s values? Do your day-to-day actions and activities echo them?