Posts Tagged "values"

Are published “values statements” a waste of time, or worse?

Posted by on Jul 4, 2011

What’s wrong with values statements? A formal statement of organizational values, it’s said, defines acceptable standards of behaviour for members of the organization. Without values, the narrative goes, people will act as it suits them rather than following organizational norms. Given the large numbers of organizations that publish values statements in their strategic plans and similar official documents, leaders apparently take values quite seriously. But the apparent lack of intention with which most organizations launch and publicize their stated values suggests that leaders...

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How are losing your mother, BC Hydro, and the power of noble ideas connected with strategy?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2011

I delivered the eulogy at my mother’s funeral last weekend. My remarks focused on what can be learned from someone whose life was guided by humanistic principles and enriched by finding the good in others. If I could connect people’s everyday experiences with aspirational goals and noble actions, I thought, couldn’t I nudge the bar just a little higher for the 100+ who attended? Thinking about it reminded me of the vital role aspirational goals and noble actions played in the evolution of BC Hydro, where I was asked to propose for a consulting assignment in 1988. New Chair and CEO Larry Bell...

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