We’re talking about a big theme this year: “a different design.” That is, we’re sharing ways to differentiate the identity of your organization through your people and your culture. And the first order of business is taking a good look at our values.
What are your values? And on what or whom do you base them?
I’ll tell you a little about my personal values. My values absolutely align with Jesus’ values. And this has a profound impact on my personal and professional life.
Let me give you a pretty radical example.
Jesus says in the Bible that he wants us to be like children in the way we view others. Sounds a little strange for an adult to strive to be like a child, doesn’t it?
But when it comes to how I perceive others, it can make all the difference. That’s because children see the world with such innocent, untainted eyes.
Have you ever watched children interact with others differently than them? Regardless of the differences, they treat everyone they meet the same—no matter the status or wealth. They are unbiased.
And have you ever seen how children view their parents? Mine saw me as perfect.
Though I was far from perfect, my children only saw the good in me.
This one value means big things for my personal life.
Not only do I want to preserve my childlike perception of others, but I also want to preserve that of my children. As they grow and feel pressures and challenges to their belief systems, it’s my job as a parent to discuss and nurture those values that make up a good foundation for future growth.
It also has huge implications in the workplace.
It’s my job to view everyone without bias, focusing on the good rather than the flaws, and actually wanting to give special treatment. And it is my job as a leader to nurture open communication and a respectful culture.
What if everyone in our workplace viewed each other with a childlike perspective?
By taking intentional steps, this possibility can actually become a reality. Rethink your values—and rethink the possibilities for your personal and professional life!
Your Curve to Success
Aim: Take time to think about your goals and in what direction you want to go.
Focus: Look at both your values and your goals. Are they in alignment?
Grow: Once you’ve determined your values and have made sure that your goals are in harmony with them, you will be able to grow in one direction.
Curve to Success LLC is about staying curious, exploring your possibilities, and seeing the life you crave come into focus. It’s about putting our personal lives and our organizations back together and on track simultaneously. It’s not a quick fix, it’s a wild and outrageous invitation allowing for some crazy, uncharted, and sometimes unexpected outcomes with delightful insights yet frustrating predicaments – raising the lid, growing personally and professionally and through the process our organizations allowing ourselves to be put back together through being the best version of ourselves and the organizations we are a part of.
Vicki Tomlinson shares more than 30 years of experience in growing people, and the organizations they are a part of.