Stan Slap provides a great illustration regarding the importance of being emotionally committed to your work. How do you get there? It is more than just basic management techniques, tracking performance milestones and accountability. It is bringing your values to your work place. How do you discover your values? Well, the values exercise in the book is one of the best I have seen. The kicker is going back into your story to see how your values were generated. This is where it became real for me. My story has great moments of values being unleashed and also hardship, which pushed me to have values.
My top three are accomplishment, compassion and passion. Emotional commitment is critical for true work passion and for your cause to take life.
“Values are deeply held personal beliefs that form your own priority code for living. They are the individual biases that allow you to decide which actions are true for you alone.” – Stan Slap
This is about being a differentiated leader. If you do not know who you are you cannot be effective in leading others.
“Values are the personal standards that give you the most and that you care about the most” – Stan Slap
Imagine for a moment that you are leading people devoid of purpose or cause. You most likely show up to meetings with metrics not meaning.
“Values are the definition of what life looks like when you live it exactly the way you want to” – Stan Slap
This is about risk, passion and vulnerability. Leader your people are looking for you to be risky and vulnerable.
“Values are your source of safety, hope and renewal.” – Stan Slap
What are your values? How do you live these out? What is the risk if you live out others values instead of your own? Do you understand and know how to tap into the values of your team?