Thursday, July 31, 2008

It is the Values Which Bind

Recently we had a two-day Workshop where people from all our offices came to discuss the Vision, Mission, Values, Culture and Objectives of MILAGROW.

We spent enormous time in discussing each and every aspect and settled each point. We agreed to the following Values:

Ethics - Integrity, Honesty and Transparency in what we do
Commitment - Own everything we do
Trust - Believe in People
Respect - All Stake Holders

Every person made his/her own commitment to each and every value. Its been a much change since then – I can see that every person’s commitment and effectiveness has gone up a few notches from the already high levels which they demonstrated.

The magic lies in the “VALUES” which bind the people and everyone now sees the 'larger purpose' and the magic has just begun!

My gratitude to all my people to make me learn this lesson firsthand though I always knew the phrase “It’s the Values which bind”!


Anonymous said...

Alas the society at large is doing a pretty bad job at these values......

Tejinder Kainth said...

Pick any organization and you will find most have these values in their books which you described. "Candor" is the single most important value which can help an organization use its human asset most effectively. Without Candor, there cannot be trust, teamwork and creativity which is mostly missing in the knowledge industry.

Tejinder Kainth

Sarthak said...

We have been using the word "Values" quiet flexibly for some time now, in business requirements it can be easily squeezed to churn out profits, while in relationships it can easily be blotted to make them win! Values is it a virtue?

Arun Kumar said...

Cool Initiative; if it was an outdoor workshop I guess it would have been a ball of good time.

Many organizations write there values which are not at all inherent to them and if a 3rd party survey or deep study of the organization is done totally different values emerges out, its like should-have-value against but-we-are-values.

When I think of getting values incorporated I think of two ways
 Democratic make-up way
Identifying real personal values of each individual (which is in itself a difficult task, I guess) and cumulating and counting those values which takes top 5 positions.

Our values are no different then who we are, each and every one of us carries unique set of values, our family has sets of values to which all the family members abide our cities have values (if you happen to visit different cities you might find subtle difference) Even our country exhibits values which encompasses to each and everyone’s life and business at large.

 Induced Environment
This is the way visionary companies go ahead with as mention in book “Build to last” by James Collins; in this way forerunners of the company list out the charter, create a culture and conducive environment in which complete organization from top to bottom rung gets moulded into a pre-set way of life or pre-set values in organization.

Now which is the best or which combo is better; go peter drucker way one which is effective and efficient.


I endorse the views of Mr.Arun Kumar. The Companies who live these values have seen so many life cycles and have stood the test of time. It is the Organization culture and the value system that has seen the Company through for decades.

It is very very important for the Organization to be a learning Organization and when the values are lived it becomes the culture of the Company. We often talk about bad culture in various Organization but often fail to recognize the great culture certain organizations demonstrate.

As rightly mentioned in Built To Last the Companies who have built this culture are enjoying the fruits.

Mr.Arun Kumar may also note that Built to Last also talks about being effective and efficient in the operations and visionary in the long run.

If you need to attract and retain good talent money alone is not sufficient.

T.C. Girivasan

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