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SUSTAINABLE LEADERSHIP is based on positive values that form our character. Values are like guardrails. When we are driving, we find guardrails in areas of danger or uncertainty. They are placed there to keep us on the road and not into the ditch or off the cliff. Values are like that. Values protect us from life’s pressures and temptations. In this way, we can avoid ethical and moral lapses in the heat of the moment. Negative outside influences are all around us. They can force us to react rather than respond and derail our leadership by compromising our judgment and common sense. Values are the principles and beliefs by which we live our lives and make decisions. Values are about doing the right thing—a predetermined action—when we have a choice to make. Values can be difficult because they draw a line in the sand—a guardrail. But that guardrail strengthens you and helps you to make calm, rational decisions in otherwise emotional situations. Values form your character. Your character becomes the culture of the organization—the organizational operating system. Values lived build trust. 10 Things to Remember About Values Values that you don’t live by might at best be aspirations, but not values. How will we conduct ourselves? What will we value and reward in our organization and, more specifically, in our individual lives? Actions reflect values. There’s no hiding there. Values guide actions and create conditions for success. When codifying your values, limit the list to three to seven and… Continue Reading

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, for the past two years, frontline employees have made headlines in all media outlets. While often left out of important conversations, their essential role in society, and therefore in organizations, has now been acknowledged and discussed more widely.

The value of frontline workers, their input, and ideas are indisputable. However, it’s still open for debate in organizations across the globe, how to best harness their tacit knowledge, know-how, and creativity.

In this article we’ll provide some practical suggestions on how to go about this. From how to collect ideas systematically, to engaging your employees in ideation, these tips can help you spot new opportunities to innovate.

So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

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