List of Core Values LO27214

From: Vana Prewitt (
Date: 09/18/01

Replying to LO27202 --

George Bentley asked: "Can you help me identify the "core" principles
that are most common among organizations in the US."

I was a little confused by the request since it does not appear to be
grounded within a particular context. He said that the training exercise
is among governmental employees. In response, I would pose several

1. Are you wanting to identify common core values of individuals,
management, or some other group? Companies do not have values. People

2. Are the values related to the work world, personal world, or some other
environment? My core values regarding my family are different than those I
hold for my work.

3. Is the point to identify the core values that inform the organizational
culture of a particular group? If so, perhaps it would be best to
identify the culture and be specific about the parameters.

My own experience in helping groups identify core values is to provide
them a list of examples. Once they get the idea, they will generate the
lists themselves. It is, however, critical to frame the context for the
discussion to avoid having the participants go off in an unintended and
unproductive direction.

kind regards,

Vana Prewitt
Praxis Learning Systems


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