-Companies always create collateral around the values. Hand out the cards, put up the posters. Still good.
-Broad cross sections of employees, when asked, say they want the values in question. Good - they're falling in line - they love us.
-Uh-Oh. When asked, managers want value sets that are dramatically different than what companies are providing. It seems like since they're accountable for results, they want values that reflect behaviors they believe help them get business results. They're selfish like that...
-Uh-Oh #2. When asked, employees identified as high performers want value sets that are dramatically different than what companies are providing. Shocker - the high performers want values that place a premium on having talent and competing.
It's all a big mess. And I'm probably going to say that we should strive to make our corporate values feel meaner to the average employee as a result.
What can go wrong with a message like that? To reward myself today, I'm thinking about trying to grab a tour of Lambeau Field. Maybe do the leap if the retired tour guide can't catch me. I'm tricky like that.