Most business owners claim that their businesses operate on a set of core values. Many of these same business owners will claim, and even boast, that these core values guide every aspect of the business. However, when I performed an assessment of many of these organizations, it quickly became obvious that the “real” core values were significantly different from the published core values posted in the lobby, framed proudly in the boardroom, or appearing prominently in the annual report.
Why is this?
The biggest conflict I find between businesses successfully implementing and executing their core values consistently is a function of the, “Do as I say, not as I do!” attitude. Listing a set of desirable core values is easy to do and there are many sources for developing core values appropriate for your business and industry. However, some core values may prove to be a major obstacle to . . .
by Mfonobong Nsehe, Contributor, Forbes
America does not have a lock on entrepreneurial successes. Reginald Mengi is one of Africa's leading business owners - newspapers, television stations, mining and beverage bottling. Mengi uses social media to advise and inspire African entrepreneurs and has more than 108,000 followers.
The following is a brief list of tweets (4 out of 10) from his social media feed to inspire and motivate readers.
- “I always strive to do better today than I did yesterday.”
- “Everything you see is the product of someone’s imagination or dream. What is your imagination? What’s your dream?”
- “Focus on what you are best at and not what you are weakest at.”
- “You can change your life if you truly believe you can be what you want to be.”
How do you motivate and inspire others around you? Can you use these quotes or variations effectively in your business?
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Note: Ask yourself the following questions.
- Do you use positive statements to motivate your employees?
- Do you demonstrate a positive work style when dealing with adversity?
- Do you involve others in creating a positive work environment?
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