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06/12/11
Thinking about Thinking. 1. Your personal values, corporate values
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 11:21 am

On our return drive to the airport after a
wonderful PfLAGS workshop, Patrick
Gordon brought up the subject of the
importance of thinking deeply about critical
things.

We were talking about things in international
politics as examples where a decision is made
and all sorts of unintended consequences
arise.  Could these have been surfaced before
the decision was made and better goals defined
which would avoid the consequences?

That is one rationale behind a series of blog
entries on ‘thinking about thinking.’
We have touched on this general theme in
this blog when, for example, we wrote about
negotiating competing offers to meet your family’s
needs, having a written offer letter in hand
 and the order of replying to each company.

Let’s consider J. Jackson’s blog as a starting
point [referred to by A. Sklover in BLOGROLL).
She has pointed out that a large number of
people are, at least, unhappy at work and, at
worst, find it necessary to leave their place of
employment because the employment situation
lacks authenticity.   Specifically, the company’s,
or a particular supervisor’s, values do not
match your personal values of what is important
to you.

Less thoughtful people will not have thought
through their values.  They are surprised by
their unauthentic feelings at work.

So, when evaluating companies, they have
not considered the psychology, attitudes,
experiences, beliefs and values of the
organization…  They focus on pay, starting date,
vacations,  and what they would do when first
on the job.  Now I am not advocating
buying an e-book.  I am suggesting
that it is critical to know what is important
to you.  Is it family, life balance, rewards,
challenge, independence, prestige, growth;
there are 15-20 critical qualities…

This will help clarify what you should look
for in potential employers.

The Josephson Center on Business Ethics does
a fine job in clarifying the real truth about
business value statements, their real values and
our personal values.

So, put some serious effort into establishing
what your values are at the beginning of your
job search.  Get better at learning how to explore
the company’s values, through:
– published statements,
– current employee’s statements and beliefs
– company’s behaviors with customers and
competitors,
– company’s products and product recall
policies.

One Response to “Thinking about Thinking. 1. Your personal values, corporate values”

  1. site admin Says:


    “Talk to current employees to find out what the
    culture is like right now.

      Go to LinkedIn and see if you can find people
    in your network who work at the company.
      Send them a message asking what the culture is
    like. Ask if they like working there and why.
    Most people are willing to give you a clue.
      If not, that would be a red flag for me about the
    company. I’d suspect the culture is very closed,
    secretive, and perhaps punishing of people who
    “break the rules” or “go outside.”
      Former employees may have valuable insight if
    they left very recently.
      If they left more than 6 months ago, their
    information may be out of date.
      Also, take with a grain of salt the feedback from
    someone who was laid off or let go. Often, their
    emotions are coloring their perception of a
    company culture.

    When you get an interview, get more information
    by asking directly: “What is the culture here?”
      If they answer, you’ll get a sense of what the
    place is like.
      If they don’t have a good answer, it’s probable
    that the company doesn’t give a lot of thought to
    culture. To me, that would be a red flag because
    I know how important culture is to retaining great
    staff and delivering great service or products.
    New companies may be an exception as they are
    in the process of forming a culture. “

    J. Jackson BLOG

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