What Are Core Values?
A definition I resonate with comes from the National Park Services website of all places. They define Core Values as:
"The core values of an organization are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves."
Core values can mean something else to you and defined differently of course, but again, the above summed it up for me.
As to how taking the time and care to figure out your care values can bring value to your business in a tangible way, here are just a few:
Motivate, Inspire, and Retain Your Team
As most people who run a business know, finding stellar employees, motivating them long-term, and retaining them as part of your team is a difficult and time-consuming task. Involving your team in building your core values can reinvigorate your team. Moreover, by sticking to your core values, your team will see that their job and the company they work for is "about" something. A paycheck will only motivate folks to a point, humans need to work for something more, a mission, a purpose, something bigger than themselves. Core values can be the start of getting to that point.
Guide Your Business Decisions
While running a business, folks are faced with any number of decisions, some simple, some difficult, some ambiguous, and so on. Regardless of what kinds of decisions folks have to make in business, knowing and operating by your core values can make that process simpler and more defined. When faced with a decision, difficult or not, you can start with seeing how each decision matches up with your core values. They are guiding principles, they are what you stand for, and the can help guide you through the tough choices that every company faces.
Differentiate Your Company in the Marketplace
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