One of the first things we do in coaching with clients is to identify their core values. When you know what your core values are, they can help you to stay grounded in who you are and what you believe in, especially when challenges come up. When you get your team’s values to align with the leaders as well as the organization, that is when you have created a successful culture.
As management guru Peter Drucker famously stated, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” No matter how effective your strategy is, it cannot outperform a weak company culture — and the heart of your organization’s culture is its core values. There must be a dedicated process to developing and periodically refreshing your organization’s core values with the input of its members.
Where do Core Values come from?
We are not born with values, so how do people develop their values? There are three periods during which values are developed as we grow.
Periods of development