5 Reasons You Should Write Down Your Core Values

Core Values

I waited.

I’m not sure why, but my light was green and I hadn’t pressed on the gas peddle.

Then a big truck came barreling through the intersection.

My jaw dropped.

I should be dead right now.

I don’t know if it was divine intervention, my gut instinct telling me not to go, or just dumb luck.

Whatever it was that prevented me from not pressing the gas pedal just saved me from a world of pain, maybe even my life.

Instincts

We are all connected.

Quantum mechanics has revealed some amazing discoveries. Every atom that interacts with each other becomes connected. We live in an amazing world and the smarter we get the more complicated things become. I guess that’s why so many of us yearn for our younger days when we were young, stupid, and happy.

I’m still on this earth for a reason.

I’ve survived Cancer and I’m enjoying my work and life a little more each day.

I’ve survived working with many difficult bosses and I’m still here.

That’s why understanding my why to my major decisions is so important to me.

I don’t want to waste my time making a decision. I want to be able to say Yes or No quickly so I can enjoy my life instead of feeling insecure.

My Core Values bring clarity to my choices.

You might find other reasons how your core values help you, but here are what I believe to be the top 5 for me and many of my clients.

1. Your Core Values show you your true nature

Before working with Tim, one of my coaches. He asked me to send him my top 8 core values from a list he sent me. I smiled. Easy peasy.

I sent him my top 8 values.

Then we got on the phone and he had me compare each value to each other to one another.

Hard.

Happiness was my #1 core value.

After we ranked them he began to ask me questions. I soon discovered that for me happiness was a crutch for me. If it didn’t make me happy then I wouldn’t do it.

The problem with this is that sometimes you need to do hard work that feels uncomfortable so you are happier in the future. Hard now, happy later.

As humans we are very bad at making good decisions based on future happiness, but allowing me to get a deeper understand of my values and Tim not allowing me to take the easy way out my values become more clear.

2. They guide your life.

Within a week I my top core value had switched from happiness to truth. I seek to uncover the truth in myself and others. I stopped taking the easy way out and began to get more curious about the truth behind my problems.

For example I would get frustrated with reports that I would write for my boss because he either didn’t like them or wouldn’t read them. I would rationalize that I needed to keep them short.

The truth was that I was being lazy because writing the reports didn’t make me happy. So I saw my true nature and knew it wasn’t fair to my boss or me. I believed in doing my work well or not at all, half my effort wasn’t cutting it. I began to put all the detail necessary to make sure that he saw the full picture and that I was delivering great work.

What do you know?

I was happier because I was delivering a reports. My boss began to read them too.

3. They help you with your career goals.

After I was laid off and started my own business, I was using more of my core values than ever before. My clients formed a deeper connection with me. It started off slow at first, but it began to happen again and again.

I decided to publish my core values because I wanted my clients to see who I was and how I delivered my services. A few of my clients have asked me about my core values, but many of them just feel confident and safe in who I am because I’m so public about who I am and what I deliver.

It’s become one of my best trust building tools. I wouldn’t be as successful without being so open about my core values.

4. They save you from making bad choices.

I get a lot of emails asking me to promote products and give me money to advertise on Work Happy Now. I turn down 99% of them because of my vision for my company. I want everyone to do work that they are passionate about and have a great group of people helping them reach their goals.

If I was worried about making an extra $100 from the site I don’t think I would have the trust that I do with my clients and readers.

5. They ease your stress levels.

This is a big one for me. I didn’t live my core values for many years. I avoided work to avoid getting in trouble.

When I started my own business and I get to choose who I work with and who I don’t I began to go after more purpose driven companies, which means I get to work with people who are as passionate about their work as I am.

Because I choose to work with companies that are purpose driven instead of money driven. I believe that we have similar core values. We believe in working toward a larger goal instead of immediate gratification results.

I work harder now than I ever did, but because I believe in the growth mindset every project has an opportunity for me to learn. If a project doesn’t grab my curiosity I say no to it.

How about you?

Have you ever ranked your personal core values? It’s really cool experience. I do it with 99% my clients. The real secret sauce is how we use your core values to help you make smarter choices.

If you are interested in uncovering your top core values then you are in luck. I’m scheduling 5 free core values sessions with people who read Work Happy Now.

Are you an owner of a company, feel stuck in your career, manager of a team, or want to improve your leadership skills at work?

Then fill out my contact form (type “core values” into message, so I can separate you from other contacts) and I’ll send you an email.

I’ll pick 5 people to work with. The process usually takes about 30 minutes. I’ll send you a list of core values then after you send me 8 I’ll send you access to my calendar to schedule a call. I will be recording the session and I’ll ask for your feedback.

This is a $250 value that I’m giving away for free because I’m looking to get a better understanding of using values in the workplace. I want to do this session then hear from you a week later to see if it helped you at your job.

What are your top 3 core values?

Why Does Your Work Experience Trump Income Level?

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Millennials don’t want new cars, furniture, or artwork. Why do you think this is?

Think about your best times at work.

Does it ever revolve around kicking back on your chair and looking at your bank statement?

Not usually, unless your Scrooge McDuck.

It revolves around the positive experience that were created when working on a difficult project and finding a unique solution or getting together with your your co-workers after work or other experiences that make you happy.

Think about the last job you had. Do you remember the experiences or how much money you made each day?

Experiences are the glue that connects us.

Are you creating positive experiences for your younger workforce?

Experiences that help them build relationships and feel a sense of pride in their work?

Millennials don’t want to spend their money on experiences, which makes sense. Experiences create more happiness because they teach us versus just being another thing in our lives.

The more I’ve led workshops and coached leaders in the workplace the more I know in my bones that we need to create more positive experiences at work. We need to feel like our work matters. That our time isn’t being wasted.

I decided to create the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit – Break in case of stress overload. Leaders can bring a more positive experiences into the workplace and improve engagement if they have help.

Here is the one of the module in the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit:

Create Mentorship Program

Create cross pollination of ideas by creating a mentorship program. Gather everyone in a room. Put people’s names in hat. Make sure to pair people who were unable to come. Each pairing must be random to help people who don’t know each other that well to connect. Have the pairs of employees get together and ask themselves the first session’s questions.

At the end of each session have them set-up next week’s call for 30 minutes. They will set-up meetings each week until the end of the month. Each person will be given 15 minutes to talk at each session. They must bring a goal/project that they are working on and could use guidance to improve the results. You should encourage people to create a project instead of a goal. It becomes more of an adventure instead of something they have to reach and if they don’t, they feel like a failure.

The first session is a discovery session for them to build a rapport with each other. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th session is meant to help them support each other’s progress.

Virtual Version

Split people into groups 10 – 20, depending on the capacity of the video conferencing software that you use. Even numbers are important to pairing people up. Put everyone’s name in excel sheet and people pick number. They will set-up meetings each week over the phone until the end of the month. Each person will be given 15 minutes to talk at each session.

Questions to ask each other: (first session)

  • What are your top 3 favorite movies?
  • What piece of advice has been most important to growing your career?
  • What skill do you wish you had?
  • Who do you look up to as you started your career? How about now?
  • How can I help you accomplish your goal/project by the end of the month?

Questions to ask in mentorship sessions 2-4:

  • What is going well with your goal/project?
  • What can be improved?

Review Questions:

  • How did people respond to mentorship program? (Did they like the results? Did they participate?)
  • What could be improved about the program when you run it again?
  • Do you think it helped the team build stronger relationships?
  • What were the benefits that you noticed to running this program?

This is just a sample of the Work Happy Now Emergency Kit – Break in case of stressed out employees to help you improve your team’s engagement and communication. It gives you 6 modules to try out with your team or yourself. It has 3 main sections –  2 Team building ideas, 2 Team games, and 2 Individual Practices you can incorporate each month to help reduce overwhelm and build a stronger team.

Trying Out a New Community Perk

Fun bonus for you

I want to keep things fun and lively around Work Happy Now. As you know I love helping people work happier and build connections. It’s why I wake up in the morning. Well, that and coffee and a kiss from my amazing wife and my silly hearted son.

Sometimes I get so caught up in helping my current clients that I forget to step outside my comfort zone. So I’m proposing over the next 3 months I’m going to give away one “pay whatever you can afford” career strategy session each month. It’s a $250 value. You’ll get an hour with me to ask me any questions you may have about how you can move your career forward so you can do more of the work you love.

If you can only afford $10 then that’s fine. The reason I’m choosing not to give them away for free is because when people pay something (anything, whatever they can afford), they are more likely to take this as an opportunity instead of a freebie. They will own the journey and take action on what we discussed.

I’ll give the money, however much you decide, to the Cancer Research Institute and Sierra Club Foundation. Both are close to my heart.

If it goes well and people love it then I might continue depending on how much time I have. I’m working on a big January launch and I have a baby due in 5 weeks, so I can’t promise I’ll extend it.

What do you think?

Does this interest you? If so just fill out this 5 minute form and you’ll be given the chance to win a “pay whatever you can afford” career strategy session for the month of December.

Thanks,

Karl

P.S. Stay tuned for a fun Black Friday offer. I promise you won’t have to wait in line to purchase this amazing deal.

Why You Need a Pre-Emptive Strike Against Interruptions

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In the military, rather than waiting passively for the enemy to attack, you attack first – this is called a pre-emptive strike.

The pre-emptive strike isn’t just useful in the military, though: it’s also a powerful technique that I use with my coaching clients in the business world.

You may have certain high-maintenance employees and co-workers who tend to interrupt a lot and ruin your momentum. Maybe you get a phone call, or they pop into your office – however the interruption comes, it breaks your flow. This is when a pre-emptive strike is warranted.
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How to Use Performance Reviews to Make Employees Happier at Work

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A lot of employees and managers experience performance appraisals as a negative process. This is true even for employees who are generally good performers. At the core, the reason why we experience performance appraisals negatively is because we are being judged and rated by another.

But you could change the whole experience and improve the business value of performance appraisals simply by changing their focus. What if the goal of your performance appraisal process was to find way to encourage and inspire people to be happy at work and to be their best, rather than to critique, rate and rank them?

There are several things an individual manager or better yet an entire organization can do to make performance appraisals a positive experience that encourages and inspires:
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Join the Leveraging Your Superpowers E-Course

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For those of you who aren’t on the Work Happy Now newsletter list I bet you are asking yourself…

Why should you join the Work Happy Now newsletter and e-course?

Well, I’m glad you are curious. You get 10 amazing lessons on leveraging your superpowers, increasing your happiness, and improving your productivity. I wish I would have had this e-course available for free 5 years ago. I would have been all over it. I would have had an easier time enjoying my work.

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I began to talk about all the successes that I have had with coaching clients. I could see their eyes begin to glaze over.

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I’ve had plenty of failures. It comes with the territory. I can’t help everyone; that would mean I was superman. I have superpowers, but I can’t fly faster than a speeding bullet.
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Find Happiness At Work With The Help of a Coach

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Michelle Stimpson

“Have you ever seen the movie, ‘Yes Man’ with Jim Carrey? Well, previously that was me,” said Lisa Schmidtke, owner of Able Deluxe and Able Deluxe Technologies. “In my business, I was feeling scattered and jumping on any opportunities that would come my way. I always said ‘yes’ to my customers and colleagues, out of fear—fear of the well running dry, fear of others not liking me, fear of another opportunity not showing up.”

As a Professional Coach, I work with women in business who are eager to invest in themselves and want to live a more balanced, joyful life. Lisa couldn’t have been in a more perfect spot for coaching! Thankfully, Lisa made a courageous move and sought out coaching, in service of being happier at work.

After our initial Discovery Session to get clear on the low-down of her life and her business, I realized that while Lisa enjoyed her role as a business owner and was passionate about the work she was doing, the bottom-line was that she was not happy. Lisa sensed that she needed a change when her self-proclaimed “crazy business practices” began to affect her family life.
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You are simply amazing.

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Today I’m giving away two superpower coaching sessions to one lucky winner. That’s a $240 prize. No messing around about this offer.
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