A diverse group of people who share the same core values can create exceptional cultures and organizational outcomes. A group of individuals, no matter how talented, who do not share the same values cannot. Unfortunately, it only takes one individual with a different set of core values to disrupt the harmony and effectiveness of an otherwise great team.
Behaviors can mask someone’s values, but only for so long. A person whose values do not align with their organization can conceal the misalignment by modeling behaviors that appear consistent with a company’s core values. When put under stress, however, the employee’s real values will often drive their actions causing damage to the organization and its people at a time when they can least afford the distraction.
Even with the best selection processes in place, companies will occasionally hire individuals whose values do not align with the business. One of a President or CEO’s most important responsibilities is to recognize when this has happened and go about the process of giving that person an opportunity to be successful somewhere else. Done constructively and with good intentions, it serves everyone’s best interests in the long term.
Be intentional about it…
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