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Core Values Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.


The core values of an organi­zation are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves. We have an entire universe of values, but some of them are so primary, so important to us that through out the changes in society, govern­ment, politics, and technology they are STILL the core values we will abide by. In an ever-c­hanging world, core values are constant. Core values are not descri­ptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission. The values underlie our work, how interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission. The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work. They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do

Core Values

Govern personal relati­onships
Guide business processes
Clarify who we are
Articulate what we stand for
Help explain why we do business the way we do
Guide us on how to teach
Inform us on how to reward
Guide us in making decisions
Underpin the whole organi­zation
Require no external justif­ication
Essential tenets

Core Values are Not

Operating practices
Business strategies
Cultural norms
Changed in response to market/ admini­str­ation changes
Used indivi­dually

Example: U.S. Army

1. Courage – Face fear, danger or adversity.
2. Duty – Fulfill your obliga­tions.
3. Honor – Live up to all Army values.
4. Integrity – Do what’s right, legally and morally.
5. Loyalty – Bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Consti­tution, the Army, your unit and other soldiers.
6. Respect – Treat people as they should be treated.
7. Service – Put the welfare of the nation, the Army, and your subord­inates before your own.

Reasons for Using Core Values

Core values can set a foundation for the organi­zat­ion’s culture.
Core values can improve morale and can be a rich source of individual and organi­zat­ional pride.
Core values can align a large group of people around specific, idealized behaviors.
Core values can guide difficult decisions by determ­ining priorities in advance.
Core values can help positively influence how employees interact with one another.
Core values can help you attract, hire, and retain the right type of employees.
Core values can help you assess perfor­mance (both indivi­dually and organi­zat­ion­ally).
Core values can help prevent conflict and mitigate conflicts that do arise.
Core values can help you improve innova­tion.
Core values can help differ­entiate your brand in the minds of your customers and partners.
Core values can impact how the organi­zation serves its customers.
Core values can help you attract the right breed of customers.