Culture & Values
Choosing the “right” core values and developing behaviours for your organisation can be a daunting task. There are four basic rules you should consider:
- Choose no more than three or four core values. People need to be able to easily remember the values.
- Make sure the values span at least levels 3, 4 and 5 of the Seven Levels of Consciousness model. This will keep you focused on the key issues that drive performance.
- Make sure the values resonate with your employees by involving as many of them as possible in the process of choosing values. A good way to begin this process is by conducting an organisation-wide Cultural Values Assessment (CVA).
- Develop three or four behaviour statements for each value. Since values are concepts that transcend contexts, and behaviours are contextual, it may be necessary to identify different behaviours for different parts of the organisation.
For more information, see:
Values, Culture & Consciousness, Richard Barrett's keynote presentation from Conscious Capitalism Conference, May 2012 click here
Richard Barrett, Liberating the Corporate Soul: Building a Visionary Organisation, Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 1998, pp. 109-110
Richard Barrett, Building a Values-Driven Organisation: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation, Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 2006, pp. 125-128