It is not easy to balance our values when we are unaware of what is really important to us. One essential question shows the way to our value system:
- Why is ‘this’ important to me in this specific situation?
Use the answers from various situations to find values that are common. Such as safety, harmony, results etc…
Then evaluate your team setting.
- What are the team values (such as quality, speed, alignment) and how do I balance?
Team values are often implicit and tend to surface in challeging situations. For instance when a team is facing a higher workload than it can absorb. What is more important in that situation:
- Individuals or the group?
- Relationships or results?
- Achieving or learning?
- Short term or long term?
As every situation and team is unique there is not just one right general answer. The key message is: make sure the team is aligned. Questions to stimulate alignment in a specific situation are:
- What is important to us as a team?
- Are our team values aligned with all team members and our environment?
- What do we accept?