Whether we’re talking about the corporate world or your personal life, lists of core values all suffer from the same weakness. They’re just words on a page.
You may spend hours reflecting and carefully crafting your core values statement. But what happens once the words are chosen and sentences crafted? Do the words get stuck in your journal or in some dark corner of the documents folder on your computer? Do they end up printed on a piece of fancy paper and hung on your wall?
If that’s true, then your core values are not serving you well. You put a lot of time and heart into those words. Used properly, core values can be transformative in your life. So, how are you going to use your core values?