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15th Apr 2024

Core Values, How To Develop And Use Them

In this insightful episode, Bill delves into the essence and significance of company core values, demystifying how to get them right and why they are so crucial for creating a thriving, scalable business. He emphasizes that core values are not mere aspirational statements or the embodiment of desired traits but rather a reflection of how a company operates at its best. Bill argues that core values should guide the behavior and decisions within a company, ensuring it grows in a way that remains true to its founding principles without becoming overwhelming or diverging into something the founder no longer recognizes or loves.

Bill advises against common pitfalls such as creating too many or too few core values, suggesting an optimal number of five to maintain focus and memorability. He strongly cautions against using generic business terms like integrity, communication, or teamwork as core values, advocating instead for richer, more descriptive phrases that evoke a clear picture and resonate more deeply with team members. Through examples, he illustrates how to transform generic terms into meaningful, actionable values that genuinely reflect the company's culture and operational ethos. This episode serves as a guide for entrepreneurs and business leaders aiming to build a distinct and enduring company culture anchored in authentic core values.

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Scaling Up Business Podcast
Scaling Up Business is all about how a few companies make it...and why the rest don’t. Our podcast shows are drawn from the lessons of our coaching clients, coaching partners, and the leading authors that contribute to our Conferences and the Scaling Up best selling book by Verne Harnish, and the Team at Gazelles.

We’ll share practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business. These approaches have been honed over three decades of advising tens of thousands of CEOs and executives and helping them navigate the increasing complexities that come with scaling up a venture.

We want to turn what can feel like an anchor, into the wind at your back — helping you create a business where the team is engaged; the customers are doing your marketing; and everyone is making money.

Each episode of the Scaling Up Business show focuses on one of the four major decision areas every company must get right: People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash. We'll share the tools and methods that have been used by more than 40,000 firms around the globe to scale their companies successfully -- many to $1 billion and beyond.

Running a business is ultimately about freedom. The Scaling Up Business show tells leaders how to get their organizations moving in sync, to create something significant, and still enjoy the ride.

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