When an organization or a business publishes their values are they merely grandstanding? Or, as I would rather believe, are they putting themselves on notice to live and operate a certain way? How much would your organizational credibility or leadership influence grow if you published your values (and lived by them)?
With the advent of hosting the FM talk radio show, titled The Job Talk Radio Show , and associated podcast by the same name, I have had the opportunity to explore the concept of values as they relate to leadership. As a talk show host I raised the subject of values with my listening audience, asking them if publicly declaring ones values is appropriate or worthwhile. Some listeners were dubious, while many others applauded both individuals and organizations that commit to publishing, then living and operating by their personal and professional values.
As I do, I took up the gauntlet and sought out the expertise of a successful “values” commentator to interview on the show. In my recent interview, titled Words Into Action – How An Enterprise Vision Becomes Reality (podcast linked here) with the successful “values” guru and business man, Domenico Zaccone. As a guest Domenico generously shares his “values” platform. He discussed how his values evolved over time relative to both his personal and professional life, and how these values manifest in his business today.
Although Domenico began his professional life as a Mechanical Engineer, he purposely “expanded his professional landscape” (his words) through mentorship and a deep curiosity about the “how and why” of the workplace and the organizational roles he occupied. As a result of our interview I concluded that Domenico’s values based approach to leadership is time tested and successful. He is an enthusiastic and visionary leader. His modes operandi includes the ability and focus to both shape strategy and drive execution to make things happen, thereby delivering what he promises. In fact, his personal mantra has been to “deliver what you promise.”
I encourage you to listen to the interview, however I have condensed the interview into the following salient points, which coincidentally are his company’s published values.
- Be Authentic
- Respect Others
- Open To Change
- Act Honestly
- Deliver On Promises
When an organization or an individual publishes their values I choose to believe that they are putting themselves on notice to live and operate a certain way. Choosing to publish (and then live by) your values may be risky, but only if you are not committed to the values you espouse.
Dr Tina – aka – Dr. Martina Carroll-Garrison is the owner of MCG Consulting Group, LLC, and helps leaders and executives to speak the story of their lives to those they can trust, towards achieving self-awareness, work-life balance, increased leadership capacity and executive presence, while creating healthy work environments. www.mcgconsultinggroup.com
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