Monday, October 2, 2017

Team Values Analysis

Team Values Analysis

Values are the specific things in people's lives that are most important to them. When an individual is aware of their values, they have a set of guiding principles that enables them to behave in a manner that supports who they are and what they really believe in. This can help to prevent behaviours that are subconscious saboteurs of their progress in personal and business relationships.

At an organizational level a clear definition of the values of a company or business defines the culture that develops within the organization. When an organisation's values are shared and lived by all levels of employees and leadership, a strong core culture develops that sees everyone living and working according to a code of behaviour that supports the vision and mission of the company.

If personal or corporate goals are not being reached there is a good chance this is because individual or company values do not support these goals or are not in alignment with them.

The values analysis process typically involves the following steps:

1. Values analysis of the company and/or senior management

2. Values analysis of key employees

3. Creation of a company or department vision statement describing how the organisation or department sees its future

4. Creation of a company or department mission statement describing the organisation's or department's core business

5. Detailed analysis of values at management and employee level and their alignment with each other

There are numerous techniques for eliciting and evaluating values. A simple method is to simply ask the individual to list out the ten things which are most important in their life, and to then rank them from 1 to 10.

This values analysis process can assist in providing a clearly defined vision and mission statement and with:

• Alignment of corporate values with the stated company mission

• Alignment of management with the corporate values

• Alignment of staff with the corporate values

Overall the elicitation and alignment of values leads to more effective direction from management and more motivated action from employees toward the organisation's vision and objectives.

Chris Young is the founder of White Water Consulting ( and is a senior consultant with a broad knowledge and experience in financial services, change management and information technology. His areas of focus include delivering business-aligned IT strategy and implementing best practices in process improvement, project management and software development process. White Water Consulting provides practical solutions to designing and implementing information technology strategy. By remaining independent of solutions and solution providers White Water Consulting can concentrate on your actual business needs and recommend strategies that are pragmatic and cost effective.