WALK THE TALK
Show people what values mean through your behaviors. People learn by observing others. You must walk your talk. Bringing values to life is a behavioral issue. You are a role model for your people. Your values show up in four behaviors:
a. How you spend your time
b. Where you go
c. What you say
d. How you deal with problems and crisis
Actions speak louder than words, and people are not dumb. Most of your employees will follow your lead. Now, you are not perfect, and everyone has lapses. Make sure you admit aloud whenever you find yourself off track and in breach of values.
When problems or crisis catch you off balance, your immediate reaction might be contrary to your personal or work values system. But you can slow down, and ask yourself, “What guidance do my values provide for handling this situation?” You can make course corrections to demonstrate that you are concerned with doing the right thing in accordance with values.
Here are some important keys for walking your talk:
• Spend your time in a way that reflects your life’s values.
• Get out of your office and interact with the people who work with you and for you.
• Watch what you say…or don’t say.
• When things get hot, slow down, stay calm, and use values as your guide