Four Steps to Prepare Your Core Values for Maximum Impact

Leaders are communicators. If you don’t communicate well, chances are you won’t lead well. One of the most important messages I’ve ever communicated to my team is our core values. I knew that I had to get this right. After I determined my core values, I took four steps to prepare and position them for maximum, company-wide impact.

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These Two Questions Will Help You Discover Your Core Values

Do you have a thinking chair? For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a chair that I call my thinking chair. It’s my favorite chair in the whole house. This chair is where I go to think, to reflect, to evaluate. I vividly remember what happened on a sunny afternoon in my thinking chair almost a decade ago…

Thinking Chair to Determine Core Values

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Key Steps in My Core Values Journey

Sometimes leaders get that feeling in their gut that something isn’t right. Have you ever experienced that feeling? Well, in early 2005, I knew that something wasn’t right. I had a growing sense that I needed to figure out who I was, bone deep. Fortunately, I discovered some questions that really helped me make sort things out. And they can help you too.


What Core Values Are (…and What They’re Not)!

You know when you run into someone from high school and the conversation just pulls you back to your teenage years? Even hearing a song from our youth can stir up thoughts and feelings from decades past. The experiences, thoughts and actions from our past can reveal some interesting clues about who we are, bone deep.


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When our leadership team reviewed the book, Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, I began the process of thinking back to when I was a very little boy and looking over my life. My purpose was to tap the power of introspection to determine, “who am I?”

The Key to Extraordinary Growth

In February 2005, while I was attending my monthly CEO group meeting at the CEO Institute, one of the CEOs said something that prompted me to write down this statement…

“I want to be a Values-Driven

I want to be a Values-Driven Company that achieves results; not a Results-Driven Company that has values.   — That statement shook me, and it was exactly what I was looking for.

The First Step to Success

For years I have read books about business and leadership. I read Tom Peters’ book, In Search of Excellence in 1989. I did not know it at the time, but that book started me on a journey that would ultimately transform the way I ran my business.


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Sleep Busters

When I was leading and growing our company, I had my share of worries. More times than I can count, I awoke in the middle of the night with concerns over a certain aspect of the business. Lately, I’ve been asking folks to share some of their pressing or nagging business concerns with me, and the response has been surprising…

Sleep Busters are problems that wake us up

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Need toilet paper? Go to Home Depot

What did you buy online last week? If you are like most people, you’ve become accustomed to purchasing books, clothes, shoes and concert tickets online. On top of that, we custom-design our TV viewing experience by accessing “play it now” streaming media sources like Netflix and HBO Go.

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