Core values are non-negotiable. They define the very essence of who we are as leaders and the cultures we create. They also influence the decisions we make about the individuals we select, promote and retain. Sometimes people, whose values do not align with our own, find their way into our organizations.
When this happens, it often seems easier not to act. We feel partly to blame and we negotiate with ourselves to give the person time to change. If the employee is a “producer”, we also worry that our company will be harmed if we have them leave.
If you allow people to stay, whose core values are not in alignment, they will tear at the fabric of the culture you have created. Even worse, you will send the wrong message to the rest of your organization and everyone will begin to question what values are truly important.
You must act with courage and compassion. Step up and address the issue. Doing so will allow the individual to be successful in another organization where his values align. You will also be sending the right message to the rest of your employees and your company’s culture will begin to heal.
Be intentional about it…