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Can Business Values Be Both
Utilitarian and Inspirational?

Let’s look at business values and principles from a different angle. In my opinion, it’s hard to come up with really good innovative ideas and products when people are driven by money and profits alone. It just is. But when you ask people to imagine a product or service that knocks the socks off customers, […]
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Business Ethics and Values: What Now?

In taking a step back to look at what’s happening with business ethics and values, what do we need to remember for the future? What lessons have we learned from the 2008 financial recession? It is good to remind ourselves that what matters most now is what’s always mattered: our bedrock values. ~ Gary Hamel, […]
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How to Speak Up about Values in Business

From what I see, many of us fail to take appropriate action when we see questionable values in business. In my previous posts on values and ethics in business, I’ve shared thoughts from Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right (Yale University Press, 2010), by management expert Mary […]
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Better Business Principles for 2018

We’re quickly approaching another new year; where will you prioritize your energies to shape your business in 2018? How will you apply your business principles? If you’re like most leaders, you take a bit of time to review, reflect and renew during this holiday season. If you haven’t read it yet, I recommend Gary Hamel’s book, What Matters Now: […]
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How Values Impact Your Leadership Success

The problem with reminding people about core values, and how they impact your leadership success, is that it often comes across as preaching or judgmental. But given the trend in headlines, the question remains: How could so many smart people get it wrong?
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Your Values Determine How You Lead

Leadership starts in the mind and with your most worthy intentions and core values. Your values—your personal principles— direct your thoughts, priorities, preferences, and actions. The aspects of life that you value shape your character, which determines how you do everything. Your values determine how you lead. Unfortunately, many leaders haven’t identified their values and often […]
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Corporate Engagement :
Values, Passion and Stupid Boss Tricks

I’m asking if small businesses and privately-held companies might do a better job motivating people than corporate engagement efforts. Smaller companies seem to excel at motivating people  through values, passion and commitment. The lack of employee engagement in large companies everywhere is a real management issue. Employees in the 21st century, and their bosses as […]
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Where Are the Engaged Employees
with Passion, Commitment and Values?

Where can you find more engaged employees? It seems to me that people working in privately held companies and small businesses are more likely to be values-driven, impassioned and committed than those in corporations. But that’s just my experience. I can’t find any research on this. What do you think? I’m often consulting and coaching […]
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What Matters: Do We Need a
Values Revolution?

What matters in leadership today? What’s most important if we want to build sustainable business organizations? Maybe Gary Hamel is right when he claims we need a values revolution in business (What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation.). In a 2010 Gallup Study only 15% […]
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Reinventing Work:
Putting Values and Purpose First

In my recent series of posts on reinventing work, I’ve been exploring both past and present organizational models. What new trends are emerging in how we manage people? Is there a better way than what we’re doing now? Some say we’re ready to change how we work. In particular, Frederic Laloux in the book  Reinventing […]
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