You know how important it is to have great values in your company. You even know how important it is to integrate your values into everyday conversation. In this week's video, we're going to give you some tips on how to integrate values into your daily personal and business life.

 

Values is a key to creating a sustainable business

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You know how important it is to have great values in your company. You even know how important it is to integrate your values into everyday conversation. In this week's video, we're going to give you some tips on how to integrate values into your daily personal and business life.

The way this happens is of identifying and then integrating your values into your daily life. One issue might be you've watched my videos on creating values. You've done that, and afterwards, they sat on your desk or on a wall where they're never talked about. When you happen to run across your values, you'll wonder why you even bothered to spend the time creating them in the first place.

So I believe it doesn't have to be this way. In fact, if you practice using your values, I can guarantee there'll be a marked difference in your company. Now, it's important to know the transformation you want isn't going to happen overnight. In fact, it's going to take months before they take place. For values to take place, people have to hear it over and over and over.

So you see, your stakeholders aren't going to jump up and say, "That's great, let's start." They've probably seen ideas of yours come and go. You need consistency and time before they take hold and you start to see a difference. So if you're not consistent and you don't use them on a regular basis, there's no way your values are ever gonna get integrated into nothing. But the good news is it's simple to integrate values into your business. The value is immense, and the cost is zero.

So we have an easy way for you to implement your values into your company. Like many things, it's simple to do, and it'll take a little bit of work on your part. And you know, it might even take a lot of work on your part. But I can tell you something, that all the work that you put into creating and using values is going to be more than what's worth it.

So here's what you do. Start by identifying your core values.

Now, it's really easy for us to confuse aspirational values and core values. An aspirational value is a value that you might think is important, but is not there all the way. One of my favorites is I had a client once say, "Hey, I wanna have, or we are a learning organization." Well, what he really should've been saying is, "I want to become a learning organization and we're not quite there yet, but it's something we're gonna work on really hard." Now, that has authenticity because it's being put forward as an aspirational value and not a core value that really doesn't exist yet.

So here's how you identify your values the easy way.

  1. There's a fellow named Dr. Kelly Crace. He has a really, really good values inventory. It's free. You can go to my.lifevaluesinventory.org/account/create to get that thing. Or just google Kelly Crace, Dr. Kelly Crace and life inventories value, and you'll get the values instrument. It'll take you 10 minutes to do it. You're gonna get a list of values, and then you can start clarifying what values are core, what values are aspirational, and make sure you communicate that.

  2. Number two, make sure you put clarifying statements around your values. If you just use a value such as simplicity, which is one of my core values, everyone's gonna make up what they think simplicity means. Now, when I say, "We take the complicated and make it simple," now you know what I mean by simplicity.

  3. And number three, here's the hard part. You need to document how you use your values, at least three times a day, every day for six weeks. If you don't do that, nobody's gonna really hear you, nobody's gonna really take you seriously. But if you do do this, you'll find that at the end of six weeks, the values work you've done will start to take hold. You know, this is a bit on the complicated side, and having a conversation with me is free, and it'll start you on the road to living a values-led life.

I would love to have a conversation with you about this, so feel free contacting me at jpatrick@stage2planning.com to set up a time to talk. And in the meantime, if you're not ready to talk, download our free infographic on How To Create The Values That Will Make Your Life Better. Just click on the button below to get your free infographic. And while you're at it, why don't you scroll down and let me know what you think about being values-led in your company.

Hey, this is Josh Patrick. You're at The Sustainable Business. Thanks a lot for stopping by. I hope to see you back here really soon.

 

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