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Can Your Teachers Recite Your Core Values?

Can Your Teachers Recite Your Core Values?

By
Stephen Carter
August 13, 2023
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Core Values Are Wasted If…

It’s true—they are wasted. Pointless. Frivolous. If no one can recite them, then no one can embody them. No one can hire, fire, or reward based on them. And this is problematic simply because it means if we stand for nothing, we will fall for anything.

Time spent pouring over core values (or developing them in the first place) is time well invested. CEOs are often implored to spend time “working on the business” instead of “working in the business”—this is also true for heads of school and administrators. By reciting our mission, vision, and values over and over and over, we are actively involved in creating culture.

Over time (and perhaps sooner) this will lead to attracting the people who embody our values. It will lead to those who do not embody our values finding jobs elsewhere. It will lead to unity and vision and clarity—and clarity is kindness. Clarity is also simplicity. This means limiting our core values to no more than five. Any more than five and we risk losing the ability to clearly measure them.

In the end, our intentionality around what we do with these values is more important than the values themselves—the fact that we know why we exist, where we are going, and what we stand for will cause exponential impact.

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