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Sometimes I am amaze on the focus that individuals and organisations put into hiring an employee, or getting a new job, based on their expertise and qualifications. These two are definitely two very important areas that must be met.

The amazing part is the little focus put on the alignment of the organisation values and the individual values. Some people may argue that this is not needed and then again, I beg to differ.

Why is the alignment of values so important?

Let’s rewind a little bit. We all know how expensive and time consuming is to start a new job or getting a new employee. In one hand it is the new employee learning how the company works, processes, etc. On the other hand, it is the new person becoming part of the team and the whole team learning to work with a new team member.

Back to the values. When the company values (which translate in what it is important for the company and how it operates) and the individual values are not aligned, then the efficiency and quality suffer and as time goes by, the employee will not be satisfied and will start looking for a new job.

For example: You had an employee that was hard working, happy with the job, doing technical work and often did a great job when asked to deliver a technical sales pitch to a client. An opportunity arose and you promote him to a senior sales position, which he accepted and sales went through the roof. You further promoted him to sales manager and sales went up even further.

Then surprise. Your new star sales manager left the company less than 12 months later to pursue what it seems to be a lesser technical position. What happen? Why did the employee leave the organisation? If the employee and the organisation had focus a bit more with their own values, what it is important and so on, it would have been a simple thing to realise:

  • The employee accepted the promotions because he felt that he would lose his job if it didn’t
  • He loves doing technical work and dislike sales a lot
  • He is great a sales but does not want to do it
  • The company could still benefit from his skill if he was to teach and train other people with the “technicalities” on how to do successful sales

And last but not least, it is important for everyone, organisations, manager and any individual, to understand what their own values are, what is important in life for them, what their purpose in life is and son on. These values must be true to the core of the organisation or the individual (otherwise, it is a waste of time). Once you have a clear definition of what it is important for you in your life or in your business, work is no longer work. It is something you want to do for pleasure and as a bonus you get remunerated. Obstacle then disappear…

  • What do you think?
  • Do you have clear values and purpose in life?
  • Do you know where life is taking you to?
  • What is important for you in your business, career and life?

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