What Are Your Values?

Megachurch pastor has had an affair and his marriage is in shambles. Multi-billion dollar corporation has filed for bankruptcy, corrupt accounting practices to blame. Employees go on strike after 5th employee injured on the job.

We’ve all seen headlines like this. They’re heartbreaking. They’re terrible. And they’re mostly preventable.

boy standing on a ladder reaching for the clouds

Photo by Samuel Zeller

How can I say this? Because, when you live a life of values you know where you stand. You know where the line is. You know where to stop.

Our world has lost sight of values. They believe they’re buzzwords or hyperbole. Values don’t matter, so they say.

But values DO matter. Values tell you who you are, what you’re willing to do, and what you’re not going to do. When you have values clearly defined in your life, you can withstand the storms coming your way.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Ford V Ferrari

A Reel Leadership Article

There have been many great movies released in 2019. From the Marvel blockbuster event of Avengers: Endgame to Rambo: Last Blood to the surprisingly good Pokemon: Detective Pickachu, 2019 is a year of great movies.

Then there are the movies that are going to stand the test of time. I believe Endgame will be one of those. Alongside Endgame will be the new release of Ford V Ferrari. Ford V Ferrari tells the story of automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and Ken Miles (Christian Bale), a British race car driver. These two believed they could rival the multi-winning Ferrari and bring Ford a victory at the 24-hour Le Mans race.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford V Ferrari

You will feel like you were transported back in time with Ford V Ferrari. The costumes were authentic to the period. So are the depictions of the Ford automotive factory in Detroit, Michigan.

The Correct Way To Build A Value-Driven Culture Within Your Organization

Values are an important part of any organization. Your values communicate what is important to the organization and what you believe in. Setting clear values will help not only you lead better but your team to do better work.

However, building a value-driven culture is difficult. It’s easy to get caught up in the wrong things when creating values and then communicating those values to the right people.

Values Matter. Show your team why

Image by Evan Rummel

Let’s take a look at 3 steps to build a culture that values values.

The Correct Way To Build A Value-Driven Culture Within Your Organization

1. Use phrases, not singular words:

It’s easy to fall into the trap of using a singular word when trying to communicate the values of your organization. You may want to say “We value respect” or “We value humility.” But what do those phrases really mean?

That’s A Great Question

Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Andy Stanley

Today, I’m live-blogging the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta. The next speaker I’ll be live-blogging is Andy Stanley.

Andy opened the conference and usually closes the conference but this year he’s taken a different position and is sharing earlier in the day. I’m excited to hear from Andy once again as he always delivers.

Andy Stanley Catalyst Atlanta 2017 Questions


Great leaders always ask great questions. And great leaders aren’t afraid to surround themselves with people who ask great questions.

As a leader, if you bristle every time you are asked a question there’s a good possibility you won’t surround yourself with people who will ask great questions.

Questions Do 3 Things

Questions reveal values:

The questions you ask reveal what’s most important to you. What questions are you asking again and again and again? This shows what you value.

Are You Living What Truly Matters?

We all proclaim that we have certain values in our lives. We tell ourselves and others that our family matters. We tell others that our friends matter. We tell others that our faith matters.

My question is, does your life line up with what you say?

People Say One Thing

I’ve heard so many people say how important their family is to them. They say how they’d go to the ends of the earth because of what they mean.

I’ve heard people claim their friends are invaluable. They say there’s nothing else they’d rather do.

I’ve heard people claim God and faith is important. They couldn’t live without God.

People say one thing and yet do another.

These same people that claim to value these friends and family and faith values then go and do things that are contradictory to what they’ve just said.