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Values, Inc. How Incorporating Values into Business and Life Can Change the World von Dwyer-Owens, Dina (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 13.02.2015
  • Verlag: Beacon Publishing
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Values, Inc.

It's been said that 95 percent of companies that have a code of values don't even use it. Sad, but true. Thousands of companies spend countless hours and money with experts to help define their mission, vision, and values. They write them down, hang them on the wall...and then walk away. Values, Inc. was written out of a desire to see more companies, leaders, and people finally achieve the success that is within their grasp-success attained from actually knowing and living personal values in a way that changes lives. This book invites a movement to live right and do right in business and in life for a world in need of a new direction. Using touching stories and powerful facts, Dina argues with convincing evidence that enacting a values-driven direction can literally change our world. Take a stand. Make a difference. The rewards are too great to ignore.


    Format: ePUB
    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 205
    Erscheinungsdatum: 13.02.2015
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781942611097
    Verlag: Beacon Publishing
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Values, Inc.

Chapter 1 Where It Begins Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. - Ralph Waldo Emerson Ben leans in and says in a hushed voice, "I once overheard him saying his favorite vacations are excursions so dangerous that someone could die." He rises back up, smirking. "Really?" Lisa says. "The CEO actually said that?" Ben nods slowly, biting his lip. "Anyway, read this and come by my desk to sign an acknowledgment form before the end of the day." He drops a small booklet on her desk before walking away, disappearing into the vast field of workstations. Lisa turns back to face her new workstation, a bay of three monitors on her horizon. She picks up the booklet, "Code of Ethics." She flips through several pages, finally settling on the section with the subheading "Values." She begins to read. Respect We treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves. We do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful treatment. Ruthlessness, callousness, and arrogance do not belong here. Integrity We work with customers and prospects openly, honestly, and sincerely. When we say we will do something, we will do it; when we say we cannot do something, then we won't do it. Communication We have an obligation to communicate. Here, we take the time to talk with one another ... and to listen. We believe that information is meant to move and that information moves people. Excellence We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We will continue to raise the bar for everyone. The great fun here will be for all of us to discover just how good we really can be. Wow , she thinks, this is great! I've never seen a company this serious about values. "Hey, I'm Dave. You're new here, right?" She turns toward the voice behind her. A stout man holds out his hand. She shakes it. "Yeah, it's my first day." "Cool. Well, don't let that stuff psych you out," he says, pointing to the page she was just reading. "The only part they really take seriously is Excellence. Have you heard about the performance reviews here?" Lisa shakes her head. He snorts. "It's called 'Rank and Yank.' It's not just your boss that reviews you; your teammates rate you as well. You're rated on a scale from one to five with one being the top performers. Each department is required to fire fifteen percent of all the fives on the team every year, even if they're decent employees. It's pretty brutal, actually. But I was a one my first year and got a five-million-dollar bonus. Not a bad gig for the winners, huh?" He watches her expression, looking for a sign of approval. After a moment of silence, he continues, "Anyway, there's only one thing we all want here: money. All the executives openly admit that's their biggest goal too. If you're willing to do anything, you can get filthy rich in this place. So, a word to the wise: Watch your back-there's no such thing as friends here. It's every man for himself." Dave walks away. That was strange , she thinks. After Lisa finishes reading the booklet, she sets out to find Ben, her supervisor. When she finds his office, he notices her approaching his desk. "Did you finish it? Boring stuff, right?" He chuckles. "Here's the acknowledgment form." He s

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