Clarifying What Really Matters
In their path breaking book, “The Leadership Challenge”, by Kouzes & Posner – there is an intriguing passage which is quite profound:
“The very first step on the journey to credible leadership is clarifying your values – discovering those fundamental beliefs that will guide your decisions and actions along the path to success and significance. That journey involves an exploration of the inner territory where your true voice resides. Its essential that you take yourself on this voyage because its the only route to authenticity and because your personal values drive your commitment to the organization and to the cause. You can’t do what you say if you dont know what you believe. And, you can’t do what you say if you don’t believe in what you are saying.”
What do core values really mean in an organizational context? There is a wonderful speech by Anand Mahindra, the Chairman of the Mahindra Group. You can watch it here:
"Thank you for giving us a unique opportunity to get to know each other and experience our team in a different set up and circumstances. Those 3 days spent in Palampur were awesome, amazing, full of laughter and positive emotions. Sometimes we forget just to hold on for a minute, look around us, enjoy life and see behind a colleague a human being with emotions, sorrows, crazy hobbies and undiscovered talents. Thank you for giving us a three-days-break and perfect conditions to grow together as a team."