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Three reasons not to aim for shared values

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 17 May 2009



Three reasons not to aim for shared values
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 107
Posted DateSunday 17 May 2009 13:58 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.changingorganisations.com/2008/09/three-reasons-n ... 
PeopleStephen Billing 

I originally tweeted this post of Stephen Billing's Three reasons not to aim for shared values a little while back. Stephen tells me that it resulted in a large number of people visiting his blog and as you can see from the comments it kicked of an interesting discussion.
Shared values are a complete fallacy and the pursuit of them will not help your organisation one bit.

I have empathy with some of Stephen's points but like several of the comments I feel there is a need for shared values but too often like many mission statements they seem trite and self serving and I am really not too sure they achieve a great deal.

Stephen has blogged on the subject again today More About Why Shared Values are Futile. What are your thoughts? Post your comments on Stephen's blog - not here - and join the conversation :-)

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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