If identity and purpose were a map, values would stand as signposts at the junctions of who we are and what we do.
Core values are unique to the individual, the group, or the organisation, but they are also always relational, informing where we go and how we interact with others. Identifying what we value most (in personal or professional terms or a bit of both) can be a worthwhile process because it enables us to navigate towards ways of living, working, and operating that really matter to us. Communicating them helps others to have an idea of who we are and what we might be like to work with. This process is something HM Coaching and Development helps people with. It can appear simple at first glance but working out what we most value can be harder than it looks.
Having a clear idea of what is important to us helps us to operate from positions of identity and strength. Knowing what we value most keeps us aligned in practical and measurable ways as we live and work.
Within this short overview of values were three reasons why spending time working to identify what we value most is a worthy investment. Did you spot them? Identifying our values:
1. Helps us to navigate towards ways of living, working, and operating that really matter to us.
2. They keep us aligned and accountable as we live and work.
3. They give others clarity on who we are and what we might be like to work with (as long as we communicate what our values are).
These are just three reasons. There are plenty more.
HM Coaching and Development’s four core values are integrity, human worth, insight & strategy, and community. These are also my (Hannah’s) personal values but expressed and articulated in this professional construct.
For more, see hannahmather.com/purposeandvalues
Further reflections on values to come.
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