Are core values current conditions or future aspirations?

I get this question a lot. Can’t you just know someone’s core values (or our own) by looking at current behaviors? A number of leadership books would affirmatively confirm this by suggesting that all you have to do is look at someone’s checkbook and calendar to know their values.

Maybe. But, not so fast! We have no idea if the evidence of how someone spends their time and/or their resources is a reflection of their core values…or if it is a reflection of how they have drifted from their truth. When digging for core values…you are not looking for what is currently here or aspirational longings for there. You are looking for the truth of the values at your core.

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