Individuals have core values. Organizations, companies, or political parties, too, have core values.
What are core values?
According to the National Park Service (of the U.S. Department of the Interior),
The core values of an organization…form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. …Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. Core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work. They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do.
One company, which I came across online, lists the following as its core values:
- Positive Attitude
“Respect a man, and he will do all the more.” – John Wooden
“Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other; on the contrary they are twin sisters.” – Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
“There’s a way to do it better – Find it!” – Thomas Edison
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Mohandas Gandhi
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardis
“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Going through the above list, I couldn’t agree more. And it also made me revisit some of my core values:
Empower and Inspire
Integrity and Trust
Build Bridge, Not Wall
Me and You, We
Learn, Earn, Return
Group and Individual Freedom
Equal Political and Economic Opportunity
See Gray, Not Black and White
Humanity Before Socially or Politically Constructed Identity
Aspire to Excel
Unity, Not Disunity, in Diversity
Embrace Forgiveness, Patience
Gradual, Not Sudden, Change
Live and Let Live
Stay Dynamic, Not Static
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
What are your core values?