Values and Mission
Recently, I gave a talk to the Irish Institute of Legal Executives. The key messages which flowed from my speech were:
I told the group that my: ‘mission’ through my speeches is to encourage organisations to: ‘value difference.’
These values can also translate into job searching
Living a double life on the job is unhealthy. Stress builds when we try to take unfair advantage of an employer and then cover it up for perhaps several years. Who wants to live like that, always wondering if you’ll get found out and what your family will think?
If you’re tempted to take a shortcut at your job, think twice. Instead of leaving a legacy of guilt and shame, build a reputation for honest dealing and ethical standards.
Without honesty there is no trust, without trust no one will want to work with you or take on projects with you. With honesty follows respect. Respect can be earned several ways in an office but through honesty it is genuine. Your co-workers and supervisor all believe your words and actions as full hearted. They look to you and trust not only you, but your judgment.
Sometimes we have to decide between what’s right and what’s wrong, including how we conduct our job search. In the job search there are those who have integrity; there are those who don’t.
Integrity is about following through on your word, being honorable with your actions. This creates trust, respect and professionalism. As a job seeker your integrity matters 24/7. It extends above honesty. It means doing the right thing even if no one is looking.
What does advocacy mean to you? To me, advocacy is as simple as getting out of bed every morning and opening my mouth. It is everyone’s responsibility to stand up for what they believe is right and to me it has become a lifestyle. I get up every day and try to accomplish something and want to set the same example for others around me!
So what are your values?
If you find it difficult to articulate your values, a good place to start is by thinking back to a time when you were younger. What were your earlier interests and passions? Did you have any specific principles or personal mottos? Were there any issues or causes that you were (or are) passionate about? Another way to identify your personal values is to imagine your own funeral. Ask yourself, how would you like people to remember you by? Personally, I would like people to remember me by saying that I was a person of honesty, integrity and strived to be advocate for others.
This type of reflection can be very sobering but it can also cause us to focus on key issues about the life we want to lead.
What is your career ‘mission’?
When making a career change, it’s important to have a sense of direction. The first step toward a meaningful career change is to know what matters most to you, and then design a road map for the journey ahead.
A company mission statement allows others to get a sense of what that company stands for and what their core values are. A personal mission statement is similar, but it is typically a statement that guides an individual, and helps them to stay on track in their career development and/or job search.
Remember your mission statement should constantly evolve as you reach certain career goals and set new ones for yourself.