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Examples of values

Values matter at work because they’re a crucial part of what makes each of us tick. Developed from our life experiences, they influence our behavior in almost every way, including our choice of goals, how we make decisions, and how we respond to the actions of others.

Values matter at work because they’re a crucial part of what makes each of us tick. Developed from our life experiences, they influence our behavior in almost every way, including our choice of goals, how we make decisions, and how we respond to the actions of others. Even our “to do” lists reflect our values in some way, since they’re as much about what we choose to do as about what’s necessary.

As the manager, explaining your values helps your people know what sets you apart from, say, their last manager. For example, do you put greatest emphasis on:

  • Compassion for others and the ability to work collaboratively?
  • The ability to be visionary and creative?
  • Being resilient and coping well with change?
  • Something else entirely?

Here are just a few values that people have. If you had to pick out a couple from this list that would be a priority for you, which would they be?

Equally, you need to know what’s most important to each of your team, again the top two or three values. One may look for the opportunity to give back to society. Another may pick out that they love to feel part of a team. A third might want to have variety in their work. Whatever these values are, they’re likely to have a strong influence on the approach that will work most effectively for you both.

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