The company I work for recently unveiled their corporate core values. The idea behind the core values is that in a concise manner, someone can learn about what Terso Solutions values and will know what they’re in for if they choose to do business with us.
For what it’s worth, the core values Terso has identified are:
- Ownership – We own our work and don’t pass the buck
- Opportunity – We never settle and ride on our previous work
- Focus – We get sh*t done.
- Relationships – We value the relationships we’ve built
- Energy – We have fun at work
So it got me to thinking… what are my personal core values?
To me, trust is probably the most important thing there is. I do not trust people easily. When I do trust you, it’s the highest honor I can give you. Likewise, if you trust me, I take that very seriously and won’t betray your trust in me.
When I talk about honesty, it’s more than simply being honest with other people. It’s being honest with yourself. I am very self aware of my limitations, my strengths and weaknesses. Lying to other people is one thing, but as some guy once said… “to thine own self be true.”
I value my family and friends. I value the people I’ve worked with and have been able to get along with to do good work. Having a base of people and associations gives me strength to do good work.
As cliche as it is, I take a lot of pride in doing really excellent work. You have to draw the line at some point, but I always work toward producing really quality work. At home, on the job or when I’m learning… I always strive to be the best I can be.
I find that completing work feeds more work. I’m really goal oriented. I like “finishing” work and looking forward to the next thing. It’s a cycle that feeds itself and results in a lot of productivity.
I read one time that “whoever knows ‘how’ will always have a job but whoever knows ‘why’ will always be the boss”. It’s one thing to know how to do a task but something else entirely to know why the task needs to be done. Knowing the deep details of why things need to be done and why they need to be done a certain way leads to new methodologies and techniques.