Leadership Slideshow: Why You Need a Values-Driven Workplace

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-13-2010

Why values matter for CIOs

1. Values distinguish those who want to earn respect from those who feel entitled to it. 2. Values differentiate those who want to make an impact from those who care only about making money and earning status.

Why values matter for CIOs

What values-focused CIOs know

Emotion is OK. Genuine passion from a CIO inspires the same in IT employees. It confirms faith in the team's mission.

What values-focused CIOs know

Values at work can be the same as those at home

You don't need be one person at home and another as a CIO. Values make you who you are&#151and respect from your team will depend upon them.

Values at work can be the same as those at home

How to do a "Values Check"

Ask yourself: If you were one of your employees, would you trust you?

How to do a "Values Check"

Values lessons ripped from the headlines

1. Money, status do not make someone a better human being. (Exhibit A: Bernard Madoff)2. Accountability cannot be faked. (BP, Toyota)

Values lessons ripped from the headlines

What challenges values at work?

Consumers, employees, bosses, shareholders all try to take advantage of those without a strong sense of self for personal gain ...

What challenges values at work?

What challenges values at work?

… and organizations attempt to substitute corporate values for personal ones.

What challenges values at work?

Three ways to assess your strength of values:

1. Come up with a list of commonly perceived values&#151accomplishment, adventure, fairness, competence, innovation, etc.&#151and determine which 10 describe your passion.

Three ways to assess your strength of values:

Three ways to assess your strength of values:

2. Cut the list from 10 to five, then five to three. These are three values you can't live without.

Three ways to assess your strength of values:

Three ways to assess your strength of values:

3. Now evaluate whether you practice these values consistently at home and while managing your IT teams.

Three ways to assess your strength of values:

Three benefits for your employees:

1. They will trust and follow you. 2. They will listen to you. 3. They will grow because of you.

Three benefits for your employees:

Applying values-based leadership to common CIO scenarios

1. You're in a frenzied push to complete a challenging projectThe values-based CIO cultivates the notion that 100 percent commitment among team members in the beginning means 100 percent commitment through to the end.

Applying values-based leadership to common CIO scenarios

Applying values-based leadership to common CIO scenarios

2. You need to reduce your workforceShowing compassion for those who are leaving enforces loyalty among those who remain.

Applying values-based leadership to common CIO scenarios

Applying values-based leadership to common CIO scenarios

3. You're trying to recruit top IT talentFostering a values-driven workplace differentiates your department or organization from competitors.

Applying values-based leadership to common CIO scenarios