What are values?
Values are what is important to us in a certain context or situation. As simply as that. Examples of values are “Respect”, “Integrity”, “Performance”, “Happiness”, or “Freedom”.
High level words that are very ambiguous. Everybody has his or her own way of interpreting what is meant by such kind of word.
Of course, you can further elaborate on the meaning of a value by asking, for example:
- “What does respect mean to you?”
- “How do you know someone respects you?”
- “How do you know when someone does not respect you?”
- How would someone need to behave to show you that they respect you?” “…. don’t respect you?”
And so on.
Many books and speakers talk about values and propagate values alignment. Values alignment is when your values are aligned to your behaviour and your environment. In such situation, you thrive. You are motivated. You give your best. You perform at your highest level.
Or, of course, if there s a misalignment, everything goes haywire. You would be stressed out, low in performance, demotivated, and just fed up.
Values alignment is important, because without it, companies break into pieces, departments fight interdepartmental wars, you attract the wrong people = in short – you won’t walk the talk.
A while ago, I wrote an article about Values Alignment for a Malaysian Management Magazine.
In it, I show you a pathway derived from NLP (specifically Robert Dilts) on how to align your values to your behaviours and your environment.
It allows you to achieve clarity on how to link these categories and ultimately achieve alignment in your organisation.
Download the article and tell me what you think?
And if you are interested to know more, let me know.
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