Must-Have Values for a Productive, Innovative, and Fearless Team
Which must-have values are part of your productive, innovative, and fearless team? Does your organization and team walk the talk? Values are like a compass that points us in a chosen direction, but they are not the destination. Values provide a map to guide teams to behave, interact, and collaborate effectively. Identifying team values creates a cohesive team culture and unified goals. Values shape a sense of shared purpose and foster productive team behavior and dynamics. In this blog, learn must-have 27 values for a productive, innovative, and fearless team.
What are the “Must-Have” Values for a Productive, Innovative, and Fearless Team?
- Acceptance: Willing, receptive, and open to accepting self and others’ fallibility with grace.
- Accountability: Taking responsibility for words, actions, and results and holding everyone in the organization accountable for their actions and behavior.
- Appreciation: Thanking, praising, rewarding, and reinforcing positive steps towards objectives or behavior(s) you want. Here is a challenge: Rock the Boat, Dis-rupt, say or do something to disturb the existing situation, challenge the status quo, speak up, take risks, debate, and be fearless.
- Benevolence: Giving someone the benefit of the doubt.
- Care: Caring genuinely, respecting human dignity, diversity, and inclusion, and responding compassionately.
- Collaboration: Collaborating with key stakeholders and employees and listening, learning, and evolving together.
- Communication: Listening actively with head, heart and gut, dialoguing, debating, having a presence, providing support, providing relevant and timely information, encouraging open and honest communication, and providing opportunities for constructive feedback.
- Courage: Being bold, brave, resilient, and vulnerable.
- Curiosity: Asking good, open-ended, powerful questions, inviting engagement and participation and learning from others.
- Empathy: Responding productively and understanding what it must feel like for another person. Understand others’ feelings and what they may need from you. Innovation starts with understanding.
- Empowerment: Giving employees the autonomy to make decisions and take ownership of their work.
- Fairness: Making good decisions that serve the needs of the business without harming anyone.
- Flexibility: A flexible mindset willing to pivot and change course.
- Happiness: Being cheerful, full of zeal, seeking personal development, and professional and personal well-being.
- Humility: Embracing humanness, mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude.
- Humanity: Being aware of others’ humanness, recognizing the interconnected nature of human beings, and taking a stance towards benevolence, kindness, and caring.
- Humor: Finding humor fostering playfulness and fun is vital for a healthy, happy person and team.
- Inclusion: Appreciating, valuing, and prioritizing diversity and fostering an environment where people feel welcomed and respected.
- Integrity: Being ethical and fair and following ethical business practices.
- Learning: Thriving by experimenting, learning, iterating, innovating, inspiring, growing, and pursuing professional development. Embracing professional learning and development and creating opportunities for ongoing improvement.
- Optimism: Being optimistic, enthusiastic, and passionate.
- Respect: Treating all individuals with dignity and valuing their contributions and opinions.
- Safety: Prioritizing people’s well-being, physically and psychologically.
- Teamwork: Belonging, inclusivity, developing relationships, community, collaboration, learning, and problem-solving.
- Trust & Trustworthiness: Possessing warmth, competence, security, consistency, creditability, integrity, intention, dependability, honesty, radical candor, transparency, loyalty, and security and fostering an environment where people feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and ideas.
- Transparency: Interpersonal stance being open and transparent about the organization’s goals, plans, and decisions.
- Failure: Developing permission to fail forward in both preventable failures due to complexity and intelligent failures due to experimentation.