Business as Usual?

During a quarterly review session, I facilitate a thorough assessment of each section of a Leadership Team’s Strategic Vision & Execution Plan. This practice aims to ensure the Leadership Team is 100% on the same page with the organization’s vision and strategic plan.

This often leads to robust conversations among the Leadership Team members. Sometimes they focus on clarifying a statement or section of the plan so everyone has the same understanding of what the words mean. Other times the team tweaks a bullet point, or their quarterly growth requires refining the geographic definition of their ideal customer.

One of the questions I often ask about their Core Values is, “What are you doing to take your Core Values to a higher level?”

Culture is a mindset, not a memo. Leadership Teams must examine their Core Values and determine additional ways to grow and progress to a state that further develops their company culture.

Leadership Teams can advance their culture by periodically celebrating when an individual or a team demonstrates a Core Value. Organizations are well served when Leadership Teams practice the culture they expect their employees to exhibit.

Leadership Teams add value to their organization’s culture by looking for more ways to promote their Core Values. Is the team sure they practice the Core Values outside the organization’s four walls? How about starting to work with vendors who share their Core Values? Or letting their customers know what their Core Values are to help them understand what it means to work with their team?

One of the Leadership Teams with whom I work posted their Core Values on their website. Next, they re-phrased each Core Value as a question, which then became a major segment of their customer satisfaction survey. This allowed the Leadership Team to see if their employees lived their Core Values beyond the company’s four walls.

Here are some other ideas to level up your Core Values:

  • Include them in slides projected at company meetings
  • Insert them as constant reminders in employee badges
  • Tape them to the office doors of the Leadership Team members 
  • Bind them into proposals you give clients
  • Promote them regularly in vendor relationships
  • Add them to your new employee applications
  • Print them on employee review documents
  • Post them in your conference room

Are you leveling up your Core Values, or is it business as usual?

If you are looking for ways to add value to your organization’s culture, I can help. Let’s start the conversation with the consult form below. We’ll schedule a time to look for ways to improve how your Leadership Team demonstrates its Core Values.