Byron's Babbles

Our Values Drive Our Decisions

I loved this week’s Simple Truth #41: “Trust is always trending. Doing the right thing never goes out of style.” in Simple Truths of Leadership: 52 Ways To Be A Servant Leader and Build Trust, Making Common Sense Common Practice, Ken Blanchard and Randy Conley, As a believer that Core Values Are The Heart and Soul, this Simple Truth really resonated with me. It also reminded me of something Peter Drucker once said: “The proof of the sincerity and seriousness of management is uncompromising emphasis on integrity of character. This, above all, has to be symbolized in management’s ‘people’ decisions. For it is character which leadership is exercised; it is character that sets the example and is imitated. Character is not something one can fool people about. The people with whom a person works, and especially subordinates, know in a few weeks whether he or she has integrity or not. They may forgive a person a great deal: incompetence, ignorance, insecurity, or bad manners. But they will not forgive lack of integrity in that person. Nor will they forgive higher management for choosing him.” This is still true today and always will be.

Randy Conley said it best, “When you’re tempted to jump on the latest trending #leadershipfad, consider staying consistent with the one thing that’s always trending: trust.” We will generally be most comfortable working in a company that has a corporate culture that reflects our own personal values. Core values are the guiding principles that help to define how we should behave personally, in business, and perhaps beyond.

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