Making Organizational Values Come Alive

Upsize LogoWhen someone is called an “ACE” at my company, it’s more than just a fleeting comment or a gratuitous pat on the back.  It’s a recognition for living our values of Attitude, Commitment, and Excellence.

We have a series of things we do to blend values into the fabric of our organization.  I summarized it in the Upsize article You can make company values more than words.

Lessons on Learning

School-EnglandIn a recent article in The Economist, my favorite magazine (minus any that report on realty TV ;-)., has a great article entitled “A very British business: Some lessons from the success of Britain’s elite private schools.” The article notes three areas where business could learn a lesson from (essentially) K-12 schools in Britian:

  1. “The first is that ‘tradition’ and ‘innovation’ need not be mutually exclusive.”  In short, you can be in a business and still have enough vision to innovate/re-envision the business.
  2. “Performance measurement isn’t something performers are scared of. “I had a call today with a former long-term client.  His son is looking at attending a boot camp.  I shared to ask for scores and placement rates at program completion.
  3. “…insiders can make the best revolutionaries.” In the article, it shares that effective transformers can come from inside a business.  I agree.