The core of who we are and everything that we stand for can be found in our values.
Guide your decisions.
Help you live more authentically.
Guide your actions.
Values are more significant than they have ever been in a world that moves at such a breakneck pace and is always evolving.
They help us maintain our attention and motivation, as well as a sense of purpose, direction, and meaning.
When we put our values first, we are better able to negotiate difficult situations, prevail over roadblocks, and accomplish what we set out to do. This is why it's important to be able to articulate your values when searching for What's Next!
Examples: These Discovery participants made sure their next steps connected with their ideals and integrated into their stories and interviews. (names have been changed for privacy).
1. Innovative: Someone that comes up with new ideas and methods.
Angela recognized that she worked in new business units and created new organizations from scratch. She would help the firm by establishing the initial operations of the new business unit - budgets, processes, and people. She would leave once it was up and running with a full team. As she moved forward, she made sure that she was doing innovation work in What's Next!
2. Collaboration: The act of working together with others to achieve something. For the first few roles in her career, Tara was an individual contributor. However, she felt more engaged when she was working on projects with other people than by herself. So as she looked for What's Next in her career she would always look to make sure that a majority of her work was working with others (even if she was an individual contributor). This helped her get promoted faster over a ten-year period and kept her fulfilled in her career journey.
3. Seeing the big picture (or in other words the opposite of "Attention to detail)
As Mateo was looking through the values when completing Discovery, he noticed Attention to Detail. However, he realized that he was exactly the opposite. He is the person who could "see the whole forest" while others "planted the trees." For example, as a senior coder, he would map out the high-level code that needed to be written by the junior coders. This allowed him to see paths and solutions that aligned with the business units and created a frictionless experience for the junior coders.
The examples show how crucial it is to clarify your values in order to advance. Sometimes, as in example #3, you make moral decisions based on what you are not.
If you want step-by-step directions, resources, templates, and a supportive community as you figure out how to integrate your values into your story,