The Neglected Essentials of the Corporate World

The Neglected Essentials of the Corporate World

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The Core Values are meant to align each and every team member to make them realize that those values are of paramount importance and are to be inculcated in order to develop a collaborative mindset to help them pull along together towards achieving the common organizational objectives.
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The Core Values are meant to align each and every team member to make them realize that those values are of paramount importance and are to be inculcated in order to develop a collaborative mindset to help them pull along together towards achieving the common organizational objectives.

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Submitted: April 04, 2017

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The phrases that define an organization are the Vision and Mission Statements which shape up its culture and set a common direction. The tact is to follow that direction but the art is to control deviations.  Passing temptations may shift the benchmark resulting in subtle deflections which could significantly alter the course in the long run, thus leading to new destinations. Those gradual shifts leading to change of path may turn out to be good or bad for the organization that one would find out over a period of time.

The corporate strategy emanates from the vision Statement, encompassing elements of the Mission Statement and provide a concrete framework for the organization. To foster a team environment, the management outlines certain Core Values to be practiced by all employees.  

The Core Values are meant to align each and every team member to make them realize that those values are of paramount importance and are to be inculcated in order to develop a collaborative mindset to help them pull along together towards achieving the common organizational objectives. Those Core Values must be reflected not only in the behavior of employees but also in all their actions, interactions internally as well as externally and their decisions. That is the area demanding regular scrutiny by the top management and which generally remains neglected to some, if not to a great extent.

If you ask any manager about his or her most important functional responsibility the answer would probably be ‘to formulate and execute a robust strategy that is fully aligned with the corporate strategy’. Well, that of course is a very important aspect of the business and perhaps the most obvious one which cannot be overlooked. There however are certain pivotal areas which appear to be not so significant and are routinely ignored by the middle management. They mostly remain undetected by the top management and can significantly impact the overall success of the organization.

For example, a fundamental Core Value ‘Teamwork, is a dynamic process which basically implies that two or more team members of complementary background, skills and competencies pursue a common objective. Now, some members of the team may not be directly involved, they may be very senior in terms of position and may act as sponsors while the rest are actively involved. Irrespective of their position in the organizational hierarchy, they form part of the team and must as such be treated equally in order to preserve essence of the Core Values. Any deviation will compromise the degree of process effectiveness and quality of the final result. Examples are;

  • Separate cafeteria for senior management, or separate timings based on seniority. Though access/timings based on facilities constraints is acceptable.
  • Treatment based on permanent and temporary employment status.
  • Separate parking for non-permanent team members. The reserved parking spots for senior management or to encourage carpool are accepted norms and do not create any distortion.
  • Body language of senior officers when interacting with junior staff and then an abrupt change when a peer or superior approaches.
  •  Cutting short a discussion and attending a senior member without obtaining an implied permission from the audience by saying, ‘excuse me’ coupled with a smile.
  • Checking and responding to e-mails per seniority of senders than in their order of receipt.
  • To cut and paste a message as one’s own without indicating the source.

There could be other instances where apparently minor behavioral changes can play a major role in improving the overall organizational performance. While strategy formulation and implementation are focused and well deliberated activities, realizing, recognizing, accepting and practicing the Core Values is the principal responsibility of each team member. Remember, the management will not and should not enforce the Core Values, you have to do it. Respect your organization from the core of your heart and prove it by becoming an effective team member!


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