Developing Resilient Leaders
Module 01: Company Values & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion
Company Core Values and Culture – What Do They Mean?
Core values define what is truly important to an organization. They are non-negotiable when making business decisions. Core values are consistent and typically do not change much over time, or for different situations or people. They do not sway with the trends and fads of the day – and they do not shift for the sake of expediency or in response to changing market conditions.
A company’s vision and strategy are set based on the environment in which a company exists. When there is a change in the environment, a company may change strategy or adapt its vision. A company’s core values, however, are like the roots of the tree acting as an anchor for the business
If Core Values are the roots, then culture is what can be seen atop the tree. Culture is the set of behaviors and practices that evolve from the values and mission of the company. It reflects the way the leaders and employees act even when no one is watching. When leaders and employees act in alignment with core values, it is a reliable indicator of a good culture.
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For each module there are 5 practical challenges related to module topic. You can complete one, two, or all of them - it's up to you. Through practical involvement and sharing you will strengthen your competence in the specific topic.
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01 Tell me what you think
Prepare a mood meter with your team and start using it.
What is a mood meter? It's a tool designed to help us learn to recognize emotions in ourselves and others with increasing accuracy and develop strategies for regulating (or managing) those emotions. It provides us with a "language" to talk about our feelings. It can be a physical tool or an app. But the important thing is that part of working with this tool is not just filling it out, but sharing with the team why you feel the way the mood meter shows you do. Therefore, we recommend incorporating discussion around the mood meter into regular team meetings.
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02 Get to work without barriers
A sustainable company cares about all its members. Try to imagine on your way to work that you need wheelchair access (wheelchair) and only walk the way you would drive. What was it like? Share your selfie from this challenge in the MS Teams channel.
03 Silence is golden
Promise yourself to refrain from talking about yourself all day. Rather, try to listen to others, and if you talk to another person, it should be about the person you are talking to. This exercise will help you learn the importance of focusing on other people and not yourself, which forms the basis of "relational leadership."
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04 It's a small world
Think about the companies you admire for their company culture. Find more information about these companies online (company websites, LinkedIn or Facebook profiles, articles about the companies, etc.). How are these companies similar and different? What exactly do you admire about these companies and why?
Now compare your findings to how your company stands in these parameters. What should change in your company culture? How can you contribute to this?
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05 Diversity and inclusion is no longer an option
Diversity, equity and inclusion are not only “hot topics” and DEI training programs are not only a trend, but also essential success factors to any business. Organizations that do not tap into diversity are less effective, less productive and less profitable.
Put your knowledge of D&I to the test and find out the dos and the don’ts, the yeses and the no's of the most important topic in today’s world of international business!
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