Values can be identified quite simply - they are things for which you will sacrifice other things that you value. For instance, if you think you value the environment, are you willing to sacrifice the money for a carbon neutral balance on your next flight? Or if you value other 'peoples', are you willing to sacrifice the money you might save on cheap shoes where the source of origin of some components may be exploitative. Or if you value peace and justice, are you willing to sacrifice larger dividends from investments that do not actively pursue an ethical review. Look at the things you do spend time on, that you wont give up, that you sacrifice things for, and you have a true picture of your values.
But most values can be modified - they are influenced by understanding, exploration, reflection, and linking to other (more important) values. This is of vital importance to an organisation - because when we refer to 'commitment' to our vision, we are talking about sacrifice of lesser things - we are talking about values. And unless your people value the vision, it will not happen. Key to ensuring your vision is valued, is spending time in understanding and exploration, and in finding ways to link progress on the vision to your people's (other) values - both by logic, and by reward and recognition. On this website, we refer to this relationship between vision and values as Philosophy and we have a number of practical tools to assist in the development of values which support the vision. (For more on the principles which underpin philosophy, click here).
The tools that are shown on the 'Values' panel of the Big Picture are:
Blank templates of this panel can be found in the Big Picture Storyboard file - these can be used to capture your own experiences and progress in this area (by annotating them either in PowerPoint, or as a printed panel), and then to physically cut and paste them onto the Big Picture to create your own storyboard of implementing systematic management in your organisation.
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