Posted by: David D. Daggett | November 16, 2009

Value Components

Value Components

       We have previously discussed our foundational values in our series of articles on The Four Anchors. As a continuation of that theme let’s review our value components to help us further explore what is important to us.

Value Components

Last week I was at a conference for lawyers in Los Angeles. The  last evening  after the conference was over was a time for five of us to get  together for dinner. We sat at a nice outdoor café overlooking an oceanside village. I believe we had a Catholic, a Presbyterian, two Jews, and me, a Moravian. It was an interesting collection of very successful lawyers.

This group had individuals came from various places around the country. It was interesting that the conversation turned to a discussion on religion and spiritual-based values for decision making in running a business. The power of these spiritual-based principles and high-achieving individuals was a tremendous reinforcement for me.

During our discussion, we identified quality, loyalty, character, and integrity, and excellence as foundational principles from which all other or future successes derive. Certainly this list is not exhaustive, and perhaps in some ways may be redundant.

The principles we discussed were similar to what we observe in quality athletes and in our Daggett Shuler team on a daily basis. We believe this foundation makes us better, more productive, and produces better results. These principles are certainly worthy of our further consideration and review.

       Quality is not only doing things well but also doing the right thing. People always respect quality, and a reputation for quality bodes well for long-term success.

       Loyalty is a commitment.  It is a commitment to people and organizations that are important to us. Loyalty transcends time and is always there. Loyalty is always important to us through tough times, and when times are good. Loyalty is always there and reveals itself most strongly when it is most needed.

       Character is what defines ourselves deep down and from which we are made. Character is revealed in how we act and respond in times of stress or pressure.

       Integrity is building a reputation for trust and reliability. It slowly builds over time and must always be protected. It is very powerful, yet very fragile.

Striving for excellence is a combination and the culmination of the other traits we have discussed. It makes us always want to improve, evolve, innovate, and inspire.  Perfection may never be reached, but excellence can always be pursued.

These foundational principles are the building blocks for success personally and in our organizations. Surrounding ourselves with people that share these principles makes us all be better.

Succeed with values,


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