Aren’t personal core values…personal?
On the surface, the answer would seem to be “yes!” And that assumption is precisely why organizational values have fallen significantly short of their true potential. In an organization, I would suggest the answer to the question is both yes AND no.
Core values are both personal and systemic in an organization. No one leaves their personal core values at the door when they begin their work. Our personal core values systemically impact everyone around us … good or bad. And if bad enough, can ultimately impact everyone in the organization. This is especially true when it’s a leader at the top. It can destroy an entire organization…and that becomes very personal for a lot of people. More importantly, the opposite is also true too. And that becomes personally rewarding individually and collectively.
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