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Live Your Values

By: Keara Mascareñaz on September 6th, 2018

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Live Your Values

Organizational Leadership & Change Management  |  Strategic Planning

In Rule #1 Planning: Plan for Change, Not Perfection Alexis and Anthony articulate the importance of a clear purpose to help drive the actions and decisions of individuals and teams in an organization. As they’ve written, “We need to stick vigilantly to our purpose, not the plans we make to get us there.”

We kicked off a consulting team retreat this July by reflecting on our purpose, personal and professional. We considered: 1) Which values are most important to us? 2) Why do we do the work we do? 3) How do we live or not live our values day to day? This team reflection aligned closely with the questions I asked myself during a family vacation in Oregon earlier this summer.

Real Life: Not living my values


Although they’ve changed a bit over time, my core values for most of my adult life have been:

  1. Love
  2. Laughter
  3. Generosity
  4. Presence
  5. Gratitude
  6. Clarity
  7. Optimism
  8. Innovation
  9. Hard Work
  10. Acceptance

I try my best to live these values every day, but found them in conflict when I was in Oregon visiting my family earlier this month. Even though I highly value being present and showing love for others, I was often distracted by work during in-person moments with my parents. I interrupted a lunch with my mom to take a work call with a colleague. I spent my last hour with my dad on a video conference with a client. I missed car conversation time with my fiancé to check email. Coming back from vacation I’m disappointed in myself for failing to live these values. And so this week I’m reflecting on how to better reflect on and live my values every day. In starting this process, I found the below visual helpful.

Visualize: Living your values


Live Your Values Blog Image 1-449745-editedImage courtesy of Awaken Group

Use It: Reflect and act


Ready to make a shift? I invite you to take these steps, which I will also be taking, to reflect on and improve how you’re living your values.

  1. Read Lead True by Jeff Thompson to reflect on how day to day decisions relate to values
  2. Follow the recommend actions steps outlined by Anne Loehr in How To Live With Purpose
  3. Join me in conversation anytime at @kearaduggan

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This blog post was originally published on The KikiBrief.

About Keara Mascareñaz

Keara is a Managing Partner at Education Elements who focuses on how to build and scale a culture of innovation in large systems, how to create national communities of collaboration, and how to keep laughing when pursuing daunting, large-scale changes. She was lucky to collaborate with co-authors Alexis Gonzales-Black and Anthony Kim to design the website and toolkit for The NEW School Rules: 6 Practices for Responsive and Thriving Schools.