Demonstrating your Values creates Good Work!

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Your values are the bedrock and foundation of your professional contribution and work in the world. Most people either don’t know what their core values are or they are unable to demonstrate and perform them in the workplace. In this article I will explore with you some ways to identify your values, name some of the common obstacles to sharing your values and this and provide specific advise and suggestions for moving beyond that.

The first step to living from and integrating your values into the workplace is becoming intimately familiar with what they are. One way I find to do this easily is to identify when you feel your most present, energized and productive. When you are in this state some people call the Zone or in your sweet spot you naturally produce results and are expanding. In this arena of alignment with your values and your work you naturally are successful and a contribution to yourself and your employer.

In contrast a different approach to uncovering your values is ask yourself what bothers you most about the world, about your workplace, and about career life. You can look at the conversations you are invested in, the books you read, the blogs you write and respond to, the places you spend your time and money and the people you spend time with. All of this will point you to identify what your top 5-8 values are. A very powerful question to ask is, “What decisions did you make in your life that were your best ones and what values were being honored?”

As you do this you will become much more adapt at choosing and researching companies that are aligned with what you value. Here at Justmeans we provide venues and discussions that facilitate interaction with company executives, employees and key stakeholders at companies that can align with your values. Please engage with others by asking questions and offering insights about how your values are driving and inspiring your actions. Each one of us by sharing our truth and our excitement for our values provides opportunities to open up the world to others.

I find one major obstacle to sharing your values is not feeling confident enough that people will receive you or understand. This is where communicating, and asking questions and being interested in others makes a big difference. People want to help and learn from you if they like you and know that you care about them.

I find that a very practical way to live your values in the workplace is to align on a project or committee where your value can be seen and shared on a regular basis. If you align with a movement or a focus that the company sees valuable and worth investing staff time and money in then your presence and insights will be taken more seriously. Trying to initiate something new while living your values can be challenging until you have a proven track record. Start small, build champions and allies and build creditability that serves the company’s bottom line.

Another very successful approach is to pull together research and facts that point to the importance of your values in the workplace. Having a third party endorsement can lend creditability and confidence to you in many ways. Consider exploring those places on our site that will facilitate that for you.

Please share with me and others your successes!