As an outsourced HR Director for a diverse range of incredible businesses, I believe the most value I bring to my clients is when I help them put into place the practices that create lived values, where values are experienced beyond the pretty picture on the wall. It stands to reason that as a Human Resources consultancy I have my own set of clearly articulated and lived values. Here they are for your reading pleasure.
‘Perhaps the window by which I view the world is flawed.’
This is a quote that whenever I share it, like in this interview, has people nodding thoughtfully. It speaks to values, and how we view the world. Values, after all, are the lens through which we live, work and play, they set our true north, so to speak, but it’s astounding how few people across organisations can confidently list their company’s values, let alone have faith that they are lived.
Aligning values to practices is a huge part of my work, as values are intrinsically linked to vision. They determine the why to the how and what of bringing a vision to life. They need an individual approach to be effective. When done well, values are empowering. They’re critical to growing a business and building a thriving culture that attracts and retains the right talent.
I wouldn’t feel right walking into an organisation to bang on about values if I didn’t have my own. Mine were developed via this exercise and then translated into a set of business values to give my clients reassurance that I’m the right people person for them. You ready?