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Do you walk the talk?

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  • Kelsey Kenfield
    It may sound cliched, but Do you walk the talk? - not only in the social value of your product or service, but also in HOW you achieve that outcome? Do you
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 16, 2013
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      It may sound cliched, but "Do you walk the talk?" - not only in the social value of your product or service, but also in�HOW�you achieve that outcome?�

      • Do you not only advocate but ardently practice HONOR and RESPECT for everyone your business touches?
      • Do you not only advocate but ardently recognize and reward COLLABORATION as well as PERSONAL DUTY/RESPONSIBILITY?
      • Do you not only advocate but ardently practice HUMILITY and GRATITUDE when compared to others, especially those you may consider providing work of less socially redeeming value?
      • Do you not only advocate but ardently foster WISDOM and COMPETENCE through a continuously-learning work environment?
      • Do you not only advocate but ardently pursue SELF-AWARENESS and INTROSPECTION when facing and resolving problems, particularly those challenging your sense of purpose and self-worth?
      • Do you not only advocate but ardently practice the mind-sets of COMMUNITY, DIVERSITY and HARMONY, particularly in times of conflict, hardship or confrontation?
      • Do you not only advocate but ardently practice INNOVATION and CREATIVITY, even when it challenges closely held policy and procedure?�

      The devil is in the details. Whatever core values your company promotes, are those values applied consciously to hiring practices, training and mentoring, advertising and marketing, designing compensation systems, performance evaluations, setting price, designing or restructuring jobs and work processes, leadership expectations, etc.?�

      A "social enterprise" may be one in terms of its product/service, but not in how it gets the work done. Conversely, a company with no particular "social" value may well be a healthy and vibrant culture in terms of how it treats everyone the company touches (as long as its product or service does no harm).�

      Kelsey N. Kenfield
      Organizational Development Consultant
      Value-Integrated Solutions
      Denver, CO
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