I don’t know if you’ve heard of James Clear before, but you’ve likely heard of the book Atomic Habits. If you haven’t heard of the book, you should go check it out because James Clear lays out thoughts within that are not only insightful, but also actionable.
Anyways… recently, Clear posed a question in his 3-2-1 Thursday newsletter that stopped me in my tracks: “Do the people around me act the way I wish to act?”
In short, Clear is talking about values alignment. Think about times when you’re at a party and as you leave, you realize you feel way more alive leaving than you did while you were at the party. On the other hand, think about a time when you needed someone’s help and you thought to ask a certain person because you have a deep understanding of how they think and act, knowing they will do whatever they can to help you. The first example I gave is one of values misalignment, whereas the second example is one when you trusted your gut, surrounding yourself with people whose values align with yours.
So, bringing this topic into the workplace… Ask yourself how often you talk about values with coworkers or employees? How often are you inquiring about someone’s personal values in interviews?
Values alignment between organizations and employees increases trust as well as the speed of business. By including values in the conversation from the moment you post a job to the moment you extend the offer letter, candidates and employees can trust your organization talks the talk and walks the walk.
Define your mission and core values and get them off the wall and integrated into the core of your business. They should act as the pillars that hold your business up and propel you forward in the right way, bringing the right people along for the ride.
Set up a chat with a CoreCounts Consultant to see how we could help you and your team build trust, motivation, and engagement!
If you’re wondering what the heck James Clear’s 3-2-1 Thursday newsletter is all about, check it out here.