Talking Heads Change vs. Core Values


Music always explains words to me. I read my morning devotional, Jesus Calling, which focused on letting Jesus direct my every step today. I then moved on to my daily run and within a minute of running I realized I am slogging along with Every Move I Make playing in my head. Made perfect sense and got me another good mile down the road.

Running or swimming provides me a forum for thinking through nagging problems in my head. This morning the change vs core values issue surfaced as the topic. Music provides the background mood to allow me to focus. I know that sounds backward but that’s me. In comes the Talking Head’s Life During Wartime. The line “I’ve changed my hair so many times, I don’t know what I look like,” makes me smile as I focus in on the problem. Good for your stride too!

With life changing at such an increasing rate, the necessity of some change is no longer an option, it’s an imperative. Embracing change is one of my gifts. While creating a headhunter’s nightmare of a resume, my changes  perfectly positioned me for coaching and business consulting. ‘Been there, done that, survived that, or missed that one’ are comfortable statements for me.

What is harder sometimes to figure out is what not to change. What should we hold onto regardless of the apparent cost? How do we avoid not knowing what we look like?

[Funny aside on change before continuing. Change to a 60 year old should be easier to absorb than change to a 20 year old. Yet somehow I “feel” as if  unexpected change is accelerating. You’d think I should see it coming better than I do.]

Every Move I Make gave me the answer. As long as my unchangeables include God, Family, and The Golden Rule, my personal life and career can deal with any change. Having said that doesn’t mean I haven’t changed how I do business, what I do, or where I live. Been there, done that, survived that and kept on moving. Given a choice between working on Sunday or missing church, I resigned. Having built a new house, I immediately leased it so I could move and have my son stay in school with his friends. In both cases the apparent cost proved to be an illusion compared to the benefits I received.

For business, Jim Collins provides a great perspective. His questions regarding core values get right to the heart of the matter. Visit www.JimCollins.com for great resources on this thought leader’s approach. Here are his questions:

1) If you were to start a new organization, would you build it around this core value regardless of the industry? 

2) Would you want your organization to continue to stand for this core value 100 years into the future, no matter what changes occur in the outside world? 

3) Would you want your organization to hold this core value, even if at some point in time it became a competitive disadvantage—even if in some instances the environment penalized the organization for living this core value? 

4) Do you believe that those who do not share this core value—those who breach it consistently—simply do not belong in your organization?

5) Would you personally continue to hold this core value even if you were not rewarded for holding it? 

6) Would you change jobs before giving up this core value? 

7) If you awoke tomorrow with more than enough money to retire comfortably for the rest of your life, would you continue to apply this core value to your productive activities?

Problem resolved, music fades and I finish the jog knowing the answer. Change will always cause appearance changes. Yet, no matter how a person or company looks on the outside, it’s what’s inside at the core that counts.

 

 

Advertisements

About pro356rick

I am the founder of Pro356 Consulting which focuses on promoting organizational wellness, productivity, and profitability. I hope to share insights I have learned from so many others in living my life. If they prove useful to anyone, then my time here is well spent. While I have a Harvard MBA, I think I learned quite a bit as a 11 year old paper boy. And I know I will learn from anyone who comments back. Wishing you a masterpiece day, Rick
This entry was posted in Abundance, Change management, family, leadership, Learning, Strategic Disruption, Strategic Planning and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Talking Heads Change vs. Core Values

  1. I would like to thnkx for the efforts you have put in writing this site. I am hoping the same high-grade web site post from you in the upcoming as well. Actually your creative writing skills has encouraged me to get my own web site now. Actually the blogging is spreading its wings quickly. Your write up is a good example of it.

  2. Hello there, just became alert to your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. Lots of people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  3. Lovely just what I was searching for. Thanks to the author for taking his clock time on this one.

  4. I dugg some of you post as I cerebrated they were handy extremely helpful

  5. URL says:

    Deference to op , some superb entropy. 210069

  6. Pingback: URL

  7. I do love the manner in which you have presented this particular matter plus it does give us some fodder for thought. On the other hand, because of what I have personally seen, I just wish when the actual remarks stack on that people stay on point and don’t embark upon a soap box of some other news du jour. Anyway, thank you for this outstanding point and although I do not necessarily go along with it in totality, I regard your perspective.

  8. Very interesting details you have remarked, regards for posting.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s