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What are your values?

 

Written by Bianca Pickett, Head of People and Culture, Kiandra IT

Company values are a crucial element of the jigsaw that makes up a company’s identity. Kiandra’s values encapsulate the collective of who we are as a team, and guide how we conduct ourselves.

At Kiandra we value:
• Authentic people that are
• Smart
• Energised
• Unified as a team and take
• Ownership.

At Kiandra we believe that our values guide everything we do—from recruitment to decision making. Although not every employee will align perfectly with our values, it is important that our people understand the context and the principles by which we frame our company interactions.

Not only is it important to understand the values of the company we work for, but we need to understand our own individual values in some form, so we can be aware of how we relate to the world and people around us. A value is something you believe in, something that is important to you. If you are aware of your values and live and work by them, only then can you use that understanding to be authentic—to live the way you want to live.

To give you an example, here are some of my own personal values that guide the way I conduct my life:
• Everything is relative—it is what it is
• Movement is good, necessary even
• Continuous learning—look for the lesson.

I use my values to frame things. Something I have done for a long time is to look for the lessons in my interactions in life, work being a key element. When I can’t seem to get my message across to someone, I take a step back and look for the learning; have I explained myself properly; have I missed the context and the detail; have I used the right communication style for the audience? I take those lessons and try to continuously improve so I don’t make the same mistakes. I use my values and desire to constantly learn, to drive my self-development; and I relate this to the Kiandra’s values by linking it with being “smart” and “owning” my own journey.

There are many ways you can determine your own values, and all methods will vary in the depth and detail that they go into. If you want to go the fun route…try this tool or this blog post.

Determining anything about ourselves takes guts, deep self-reflection, honesty and an open mind. If you decide to work through this or any other process, well done! It is one of the best things you can do to help yourself continuously improve and help give clarity to your life.

‘Values provide perspective in the best of times and the worst’ Charles Garfield.