Values

The word steppe comes from 15th-century Russia and means ‘further origin uncertain’, which neatly captures the nature of values. While they’re often presented as fully formed imperatives. They’re not. It’s an ongoing process to find them, understand them and use them to guide choices every day. But first. Vast and often...

Values. Everyone has them, but not everyone knows what they are. The resulting gap can drive a wedge between what you say and do. Which matters. Because there are definite benefits in them becoming how you do things. One look at companies that stand alongside what they believe even when there’s...

From day one, Sue landed like a firecracker. After the grind of a tough few months, co-workers said they loved her enthusiasm and energy. Yet despite that promising start, excitement dissipated once the honeymoon period ended, and after a few more months, it was clear she wasn't going to work out. Like...

“The primary organising dynamic in life is identity. The first act of life is to define a self, whether a micro organism or a human being. How we humans define ourselves determines our perceptions, beliefs, behaviours and values."Margaret Wheatley 1 The word identity was first recorded in 1560–70 from late Latin identitās meaning...

It's time for a values reality check. Coming to work for you doesn't mean you get to tell me my values. I've had them long before I met you, and they'll still be around when I leave. Yet that's what too many organisations try to do. I've written countless words about values over...

You know the power of compounding. When you reinvest the interest on your investment, your return grows over time. Atomic Habits author James Clear discussed compound return of 1% habits at his Growth Faculty event in Melbourne this week. Describing how a daily 1% improvement in a habit will compound to...

The continuing effort to keep values in balance tempts many organisations to measure and manage them in people’s performance and behaviours. Judging whether they’re holding the value or not.But there is a different way to keep values on track, so they contribute to the brand. One that allows for their...