This week I'm sharing a quite personal experience, and making a special invitation for interaction from you, my dear readers.
Currently I'm participating in a serial program
12 Days of Leadership
, a coach I've recently been communicating with on LinkedIn.
A recent assignment from this program was to identify 5 core values we stand for in life, leadership, and business. We were offered a list of nearly 200 to choose from or add to.
We started by identifying 20 that were important for us. Then we narrowed that to 10 which stood out among the 20. Finally we focused on the 5 we couldn't eliminate from the list of 10.
Then we were asked to define what each of those values meant to us, and why we found each of them important.
Here's my list:
Definition: Being true to ALL my values. Being internally consistent and, of course, honest.
Why it's important: Anything other than internal consistency is internal conflict - an uncomfortable, and ineffective, condition.
Definition: To recognize that I'm responsible for everything that happens in my world, whether or not I caused it.
Why it's important: Blaming external factors for what happens to me accomplishes only frustration - it accomplishes
Definition: Being grateful for all the people and conditions in my life, including those that currently represent challenges.
Why it's important: It's a strong positive factor in inner peace, and in relationships, which for me, are vital.
Definition: Getting the most done with the least expenditure of time, effort, and resources.
Why it's important: It's the best route to improving the human condition, and my individual condition.
Definition: Effective interchange between/among people to exchange information, ideas, emotions, and pleasantry.
Why it's important: It's one of the most important factors in efficiency, teamwork, and relationships (Teamwork and relationships are among the values I eliminated in favor of this one, due to its broader inclusion.)
Now for my invitation to you:
from anyone on how you rate these value for yourself, and what other values may be as important, or more so, for you.
For those of you who know me well enough to comment personally, I'd love to have
on how well you see me living according to these values.
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas or such holiday, or none, that you celebrate at this time of year. I hope you're enjoying the company of people important to you.
Note my invitation at the end of the main article. Care to talk about it, or something else? Let's do it.
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