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In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast Todd Adkins and Barnabas Piper are joined by Daniel Im to talk about the difference between aspirational values and actual values – those values your organization wants to be known for and those values you are known for. Often times leaders don;t even realize the difference between these and couldn’t define them. This episode can help.
- Most vision or value statement for organizations are pretty generic. Why is this and what good do they do organizations?
- What is an aspirational value and what is an actual value?
- How can you determine what your values are and if they are aligned?
- What are the effects on an organization when actual values don’t reflect aspirational values?
- What are steps leaders can take to align values that are out of whack?
“Too many vision statements are like vision Madlibs.”
“Aspirational values are what is up on the wall. Actual values are what happens in the hall.”
“Actual values are what your organization believes at it’s deepest core; aspirational values are what you want to be but are not yet.”
“You need to constantly be moving toward something that is better than what you are.”
“Aspirational values need to be measurable.”
“Aspirational values are not the same as wishful thinking values.”
“Just because you take on a label doesn’t mean you are that.”
“Values are the hooks you hang your culture on.”
“When values are out of whack people get cynical.”
“Part of your main role as a leader is culture curation and cultivation.”
“When values are out of whack leaders lose respect.”
“So much of values is a leader expressing hem clearly.”
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni