I recently ran across a fascinating blog post by Michael Lee Stallard, president of E Pluribus Partners, which, according to its Website, provides “leadership training, team building, communications and executive coaching services,” all based on a platform of “connection cultures,” that “increase each employee’s sense of connection to their work, their colleagues and their overall organization.”
It’s kind of heady stuff, but what I liked about this one post, entitled “What are ‘Sustainable Values’?” is its listing of some very basic values — values held dear throughout the ages and across cultures, including bravery, kindness, open-mindedness, fairness, mercy, gratitude, and prudence (a greatly under-valued value in today’s world, by the way). These are the kind of values we often learn about as children, but often forget in the pursuit of our “grown-up” priorities.
“Cultures that have these values exhibit superior strategic alignment, employee engagement, productivity, innovation and overall performance,” Stallard writes. “Researchers that are part of the American Psychological Association’s positive psychology research effort identified these values as helping people flourish and a body of large body research is developing in support of that view.”
The whole list of values is long — Stallard spells out (and defines) 24 in all. But it’s an inspiring summary of what some of the “higher order” ways of perceiving and responding to the world might be. In fact, I think I’m going to print it out and put it on my refrigerator as a reminder.