How to involve the entire team when creating and refining your values

As a company changes, so should its organizational values. Our team is completely different from when the SupportingLines journey started 4 years ago. Our Founder & CEO, Jeff Smith, created our original values and with all of the changes and our company’s evolution, a Values Refinement was long overdue. Our team started the process by reviewing our current organizational values and suggesting newly refined values that resonate with today’s team and what matters to the individuals in the present moment. 

I hope this blog post not only demonstrates the importance of organizational values (something that we preach constantly at SupportingLines); but also gives you a glimpse into the speed, efficiency and benefits of the SupportingLines Values Refinement process.

ThoughtExchange

As a company changes, so should its organizational values. Our team is completely different from when the SupportingLines journey started 4 years ago. Our Founder & CEO, Jeff Smith, created our original values and with all of the changes and our company’s evolution, a Values Refinement was long overdue. Our team started the process by reviewing our current organizational values and suggesting newly refined values that resonate with today’s team and what matters to the individuals in the present moment. 

 

I hope this blog post not only demonstrates the importance of organizational values (something that we preach constantly at SupportingLines); but also gives you a glimpse into the speed, efficiency and benefits of the SupportingLines Values Refinement process.

Team discussion

As a company changes, so should its organizational values. Our team is completely different from when the SupportingLines journey started 4 years ago. Our Founder & CEO, Jeff Smith, created our original values and with all of the changes and our company’s evolution, a Values Refinement was long overdue. Our team started the process by reviewing our current organizational values and suggesting newly refined values that resonate with today’s team and what matters to the individuals in the present moment. 

 

I hope this blog post not only demonstrates the importance of organizational values (something that we preach constantly at SupportingLines); but also gives you a glimpse into the speed, efficiency and benefits of the SupportingLines Values Refinement process.

What it means to “live” our organizational values

The last step is confirming and sharing them with the team, collaborators, clients and the public. It is really important to state your values publicly, and not just on the careers page. This is about what you stand for and what you expect from other people who work with your company. We expect our partners, suppliers and even customers to align with our values so that we can be successful together.

The importance of your organizational values

We have written multiple articles and hosted webinars on the important role that your organization’s values play in your day-to-day work.

I hope this insight into how SupportingLines’ process of helping co-create your organizational values shines an alternate light on the impact of this experience for the entire team. I can’t stress enough how important it is to regularly revisit and nurture the evolution of your values, as the team evolves. This is an empowering experience for every member of the team, who will be able to contribute to part of the organization’s high-level planning. It is incredibly important for everyone on the team, not just the senior leaders, to truly live the values of your organization. This is guaranteed to lead to a positive human experience at work for all.

Emily Macdonald

Emily Macdonald

Emily is an ICF certified Executive Coach and the Client Services Manager at SupportingLines. Emily brings a project management, organization and administrative approach to the back of house operations at SupportingLines.

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