December 21, 2018 - Issue 18-50

Good afternoon  ,

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 produced by Kristi Staab, 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:
1. Integrity
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.

2. Responsibility
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 no results.

3. Gratitude
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.

4. Efficiency
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.

5. Communication:
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: 
I invite feedback 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 feedback 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.

John Stevens

P. S.  For other thoughts on these values, browse the categories listed under each post here.


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About John

Throughout a career spanning over 45 years my management style has been one of building teams to bring several competent people together to focus on a common objective. I noted early in my career that, in most organizations, there is an enormous amount of time, energy, and effort wasted by people working at cross purposes.

As I transition to life in the Argentine outback, my focus shifts from coaching to helping other business coaches and advisers get their message out to their prospective clients. With my first-hand knowledge of the benefits of effective business coaching, I am uniquely qualified to help business advisers of all stripes convey their message.

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