Your Values will Set you Free

Your Values will Set you Free

 

Living  your Values is more than just how you show up for people.  It is more of the way you are in the world, as a human being.  When we are upset with people its often because they don’t share the values.  In marriages, it is often the values of the people that draw and hold them together and when they don’t match, it can tear people apart.  

So many people have no clue what they stand for, and we know the old saying, if you don’t know what you stand for, you could stand for anything.

Your Authentic Life

Your values play a huge part in the decisions you make, how you show up and the things that make you who you are.

When you are not being your authentic self, you don’t feel so much like you can hold your head up high.  Talking about people behind their backs doesn’t hurt the other person, but sure has an impact on you.  Making choices that make you feel bad is your subconscious telling you that you are not being true to yourself. 

Your values are all part of your belief system.  What you hold to be important.  People who live in congruence with what they believe to be true, often are held up as being true Leaders, as they can authentically lead from a place of truth.

Driving Outcomes

Knowing who you are and what you stand for is always your first point of clarity.  Being able to be true to yourself and communicate that impacts relationships and supports your career.  When you dare to live according to your standards, some may not feel comfortable with you, especially if they are hiding behind their own facade, but in truth, over the longer term people will respect you, and as a leader, you will be a magnet to those who also live their values.

 If you are in a leadership role, your people will follow you easily because they know what you stand for.  Holding people accountable is easy when you both understand each others values.  This results in increased productivity and a happier team. of people.

The impact on people

Culture really is a result of people who are aligned in the same way, coming together to create an environment that is fits with everyone’s values is the hallmark of a great family, community and workplace.  Yet so often we see “leaders” barking orders and handing down culture to the people who work “under” them.

You might think that when you are not living your authentic self that no one else notices.  Can you think of someone in your own environment that does that.  Are they aware you notice?  You might be feeling like an impostor, or a fake.  The world is full of those who choose to live a valueless life.  Some countries are led by such people.  They may be in leadership positions, but are they leaders?

Collaboration from Values

Having a collaborative culture makes life just easy.  Knowing what you can rely on each other for and being mindful of the needs and values of others naturally creates a better culture, and in turn has amazing outcomes such as better relationships, more open and honest communication and in the workplace, better engagement.

No matter where you are in the world, or what you do for a living, you values are definitely driving the bus.  They have an impact every moment of every day.  When considering how you work with people, it might be helpful to notice the unspoken drivers that underpin the team.  Here are some examples you might like to bring up in conversation

 Being Accountable
Meeting deadlines
Helping Others
Being Reliable
Communicating Honestly and openly
Showing Tolerance

While these are just a few possible values, how did you feel when you read them?  How is your team, or your family living theirs?  Do you know yours and are you living them?  Join the discussion here

Encourage Collaboration and Achieve 10X Results

Encourage Collaboration and Achieve 10X Results

Collaboration is the method by which most people get things done easily.  You see it in the Rugby Field, in Military exercises and between Parents.  Somehow over the years, we have left collaboration largely out of workplaces, and replaced that with command and control.  Thankfully, this is beginning to soften, as Managers are beginning to understand that you don’t always have to bark at people to get things done, and actually you hired your people because of their expertise, or ability to learn, so you can work more as a team. As a result you create a  team based culture.   

A collaborative team produces 10x more results and work together for the purpose of achieving bigger outcomes.

People come to work to do their best work yet often this can be stifled through micro management, unclear boundaries and outcome expectations and a lack of team spirit.  Research shows that you get greater impact when you work collaboratively.  

Benefits

The benefits of creating a collaborative culture go beyond  simply having happy people.  It invigorates an organisations ability to be flexible, solve problems, and create better solutions.  Consequently you encourage new levels of thinking, innovation, higher engagement and effectiveness.

As we head into the end of 2019, many leaders will undoubtedly be feeling under pressure to perform.  Collaboration shares the workload.  As a result you gain better balance while offering others the chance to grow.

Collaboration breeds Culture

Collaborative leadership offers a more open and honest working environment. Above all, you can power up, utilizing a  greater flow of ideas and information.  Consequently this produces more informed decision-making and problem solving, resulting in comprehensive solutions.  When everyone is heard, they are more connected to the values of the business.  This breeds a sense of family and everyone wants to do their best for their family right?

Why people enjoy collaborating

Studies show  humans will work in collaboration when they feel a sense of shared vision.  In times of crisis, we often see many people come together to create a massive solution.  Often communities can move mountains with no one leading, simply because they care.  Hence, this commitment to greatness and vision can be harnessed in business.

What people need to work collaboratively

As a leader, when you choose to bring your whole self to work and lead in the spirit of collaboration you build deeper trust and respect.   So how do you develop a collaborative team?

1. Build trust in your people
When people are not trusted, they become cynical.  Therefore they will tell you what you want to hear, not what you need to hear.

2. Be clear about purpose.
Humans are connected by purpose.  Create a vision that people connect to. They will move heaven and earth to help you get there

3. Build Diversity into your workplace
People relish the opportunity to contribute to solving problems.  Leverage  the diverse range of life skills in your workplace, regardless of the job they do.  

4. Be passionate about initiative
Initiative is not just the realm of leaders. Utilize the unique ideas and creativity in your team and maximize your problem solving capability.

5. Share information freely
Take off the “need to know” shades and involve your people with information. Informed people make better decisions. Similarly, sharing information will also build trust openness and honesty

6. Be transparent.
Remove the distance of hierarchy. Distrust is the rot that sinks into your organisation and stops it from growing. Likewise treat people like human beings and understand that everyone comes to do their best.

7. Embrace Conflict
Being open and transparent, diverse and creative leads to conflict. Furthermore, conflict is not war!
Teach your people great communication skills so you can harness the power of constructive conflict. Lead a highly collaborative team and above all, foster confidence to be open..

8. Hold people accountable
Hold yourself and others accountable for achieving outcomes. Create a culture where everyone knows they can count on each other to make things happen.

Collaboration makes a huge difference, and it gives everyone a sense of purpose.  Read this article for insight into how it has worked in practice.

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