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What are the differences between culture and core values?

May 31, 2023 Audery Clark Comments Off

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Culture is a flexible set of norms, an agreed-upon framework for how things are done. Culture applies to countries, families, companies, or any group, really.
Culture changes. The bigger the group, the longer it takes for these changes to occur, but it does change.

As new people enter the mix, they bring with them their own interpretations and perspectives, and this influences how other members of the group think and feel.

Your core values are fixed. Core values are the foundations of culture. They represent the fundamental beliefs around which culture develops. If you do a good enough job at determining and living your core values, your culture should always reflect this.

As an entrepreneur, you need to figure out what it is that is unchanging about your company. Establishing this, in the beginning, will help you clarify what it is you need to be focusing on. If anything takes you away from your business’s core values, you know it’s not worth your time.

INTEGRITY of living in your CORE VALUES.

Core Values are discussed in various ways by leaders such as James Stockdale, Stephen Covey and Jim Rohn.
They ALL said the same thing in their own way.
James Stockdale said that “integrity describes a person who is integrated, blended into a whole, as opposed to a person of many parts, many faces, many disconnects.”
He also told us that, when we are living in integrity, we are “not preoccupied with riding the crest of continual anxiety but free to ride the crest of delight with life!”

When we live in our core values, THERE IS NO ROOM for all the regret, anxiety, and disillusionment because we are present in integrity with our highest ideals and best selves.
Jim Rohn shares his wisdom by describing what the word character means. It comes from a Greek word that meant “chisel” or “the mark left by a chisel”. it’s HARD WORK to chisel our character as we move from knowing who we are to being who we are.

How’s YOUR integrity? What’s important to you? Who are you at your ABSOLUTE best? And are you staying in your core values?

Solid Core Values make it easy to say NO when the wrong work or partnership comes knocking.
I am sure you have heard of the 80/20 rule. This is also known as the PARENTO’S principle.
The premise is 20% of your input creates 80% of your output. Look at your client list and see who is producing what.
The opposite view of this rule is typically also true. It can be that 20% of your customers are difficult and produce 80% of your challenges.

When you think of doing business with them, the answer is usually to discontinue the business relationship because they are consuming extra effort, energy, and time. By keeping aligned with your core values and having clients and team members also in alignment, it becomes easier to keep moving forward with less turmoil.