Exploring value

Off the beaten path — Part V

Understanding Value

Values and principles

  • leaders are right a lot.
  • leaders speak candidly and do not compromise for the sake of social cohesion.
  • relying on one another
  • our employees to view themselves as owners of the business
  • Work is for now, but life is forever.

Enablement and Principles

  • Word of mouth where members inform others of their values.
  • An initiation ceremony where new members are indoctrinated to the collective.
  • An oath of loyalty in which new members agree to be bound by the collective’s values.
  • A democratic process where members share principles and values through some form of manifesto and others choose to support one or another.
  • A town hall where members discuss principles and values.
  • A weekly newsletter where a collective reinforces its values to members.
  • A vision statement or constitution for the collective where values are written down for members.
  • A mechanism of propaganda where information is provided to influence a recipient audience in order to promote the collective’s values.

Summary

  • Values are the things and qualities we consider important as described by belief. We hold them as truths within the collective. They are not uniformly shared with others and those values will evolve over time.
  • Values evolve through competition between collectives.
  • Different values exist between collectives.
  • Resilience of a collective depends not only upon its structures but diversity in values i.e. many pursue rigid sets of values which make adaption difficult.
  • Success of a collective is defined by its values diffusing in the wider society. The success of a collective is influenced by its use of doctrine (i.e. universally useful principles) and enablement systems i.e. being effective is not enough, it needs a mechanism by which its values can diffuse.
  • Principles are the rules by which we operate by as described by action. They may reflect our current values or past values or some value that has become a long accepted norm in the collective and even forgotten about.
  • The effectiveness of our enablement system are also influenced by our principles.
  • When collectives describes their values this is often a mix of universally useful principles (some of which might not be widely spread) along with actual values.
  • An individual may belong to many collectives.

Off the beaten track

The book so far

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