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?  

  1. Acceptance: Willing, receptive, and open to accepting self and others’ fallibility with grace.
  2. Accountability: Taking responsibility for words, actions, and results and holding everyone in the organization accountable for their actions and behavior.
  3. 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.
  4. Benevolence: Giving someone the benefit of the doubt.
  5. Care: Caring genuinely, respecting human dignity, diversity, and inclusion, and responding compassionately.
  6. Collaboration: Collaborating with key stakeholders and employees and listening, learning, and evolving together.
  7. 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.
  8. Courage: Being bold, brave, resilient, and vulnerable.
  9. Curiosity: Asking good, open-ended, powerful questions, inviting engagement and participation and learning from others.
  10. 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.
  11. Empowerment: Giving employees the autonomy to make decisions and take ownership of their work.
  12. Fairness: Making good decisions that serve the needs of the business without harming anyone.
  13. Flexibility: A flexible mindset willing to pivot and change course.
  14. Happiness: Being cheerful, full of zeal, seeking personal development, and professional and personal well-being.
  15. Humility: Embracing humanness, mindfulness, self-compassion, and gratitude.
  16. Humanity: Being aware of others’ humanness, recognizing the interconnected nature of human beings, and taking a stance towards benevolence, kindness, and caring.
  17. Humor: Finding humor fostering playfulness and fun is vital for a healthy, happy person and team.
  18. Inclusion: Appreciating, valuing, and prioritizing diversity and fostering an environment where people feel welcomed and respected.
  19. Integrity: Being ethical and fair and following ethical business practices.
  20. Learning: Thriving by experimenting, learning, iterating, innovating, inspiring, growing, and pursuing professional development. Embracing professional learning and development and creating opportunities for ongoing improvement.
  21. Optimism: Being optimistic, enthusiastic, and passionate.
  22. Respect: Treating all individuals with dignity and valuing their contributions and opinions.
  23. Safety: Prioritizing people’s well-being, physically and psychologically.
  24. Teamwork: Belonging, inclusivity, developing relationships, community, collaboration, learning, and problem-solving.
  25. 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.
  26. Transparency: Interpersonal stance being open and transparent about the organization’s goals, plans, and decisions.
  27. Failure: Developing permission to fail forward in both preventable failures due to complexity and intelligent failures due to experimentation.

Recommended Reading

When It Comes to Culture, Does Your Company Walk the Talk? By Donald Sull, Stefano Turconi and Charles Sull 

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