What values drive you?

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  • #164370

    Corey McCarren

    Above me on the wall here at GovLoop we have several posters listing our values. They include being
    entrepreneurial, having humility, thinking creatively, hustling smart, and a culture of service. I feel as if I can relate to all of these in some way or another. If I could add one of my own, it would probably be strength – in terms of building a foundation that can be relied upon through thick and thin. If you had to come up with values that define you, what would they be?

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    …and working on Humility ­čÖé

  • #164390

    Henry Brown

    would add integrity…

    Not sure I would include humility as one of my values, at least by my definition of the term… (a modest view of my importance)

  • #164388

    Great article in Forbes that gets at this notion of values – one that I think resonates with GovLoop members who have chosen to blend their careers in finding success through delivering social value:

    Success and Social Value: Do They Really Mix?

    Here’s a relevant excerpt:

    What are first things for you and what are second things? Remember, you can’t get second things by putting them first. You can only get second things by putting first things first.Unfortunately, so often we chase second things without first being sure we know what our first things are (or should be). The second things are usually pretty easy to understand, because they’re ubiquitous across sectors and cultures: profits, acclaim, expansion, credibility, perks, etc. The first things are often harder to nail down because they give shape to our dreams and desires. They are what is fundamentally important to us and give our lives meaning and a sense of self-worth, and that can quickly get scary.

  • #164386

    Corey McCarren

    Also, for the entrepreneur, turning profit in itself is social value if it means you can provide others with jobs. There are few better ways to help people then providing them with an opportunity to honest work for decent wages.

  • #164384

    Lori Reichert

    I would have to say a value that is growing in me and has become a priority is “resilience.” Without this I may not have the energy and rationale thought processes to . . .

    • be effective with entrepreneurial initiatives,
    • showing sincere humility,
    • be creative,
    • hustling (hmm when I’m weak – not likely),
    • not show smart as well as I normally could
    • and lastly, culture of service won’t be as welcoming as it could be.

    Thus resilience!

  • #164382

    Jerry Schmidt

    This is an interesting question, as I have just attained what I consider my “dream” job (PR management) after working for 6 years in a casino. I always thought I strived to stay on the upward path, but 6 years of watching people throw good money after bad has a way of wearing on one, on all levels. The values that define me are loyalty (to my family, my faith and to the people who trust me to do my job); integrity, honesty and sincerity in my communications. I’ve dealt with more than my share of phonies (we called them “strokers” at the casino) and I never want to be one of those people.

  • #164380

    Corey McCarren

    I like that you have sincerity there. Any chance you can elaborate more? I’m not sure if you’re using it similarly to saying “ethically.”

  • #164378

    David B. Grinberg

    Nicely put, Andy. Ditto that for me.


  • #164376

    Jerry Schmidt

    Corey, I tend to think of sincerity as ethically in some situations, but yes, I should have clarified. I do indeed mean to be ethical in all I do and to be sincere in my direct and indirect communications. I have seen people who said something just to say it, no sincerity, just words. Or as I have been known to characterize such communication, “The jabbering of shaved apes in a concrete jungle.”

  • #164374

    Janina R. Harrison

    If I had a poster behind me, I think it would say, “Always be teaching or learning.”

    Integrity and honesty are the things I find most important in the people I deal with, so I feel those are important for me to make sure I am adhering to. I don’t engage willingly with people who are not sincere in their dealings with other people. In my personal life I can choose not to associate with them. At work, I minimize my interactions with them.

  • #164372

    Jane Bennett Aldous


    Speaking of posters/messages, there is a WWII era message: Stay Calm and Carry On that has value now.

    Here’s what the message means to me:

    Stay Calm

    Focus on what matters, take time on work/actions/tactics that make a difference (short and long term).

    Don’t panic, try to focus on calmly getting things done – even on deadline (I work on a lot of deadlines).

    Carry On

    Carry on with things that bring value. Spend time on projects that bring value to your position, to your employer, to your market. Try not to get distracted with things that don’t bring short or long term value at work or in your broader life.

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