The Principle-Driven Life

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    John Wade Reply

    Principles – or values – are a great way to define an individual, and an organisation, too. This is a great article outlining a practical way to help reach those definitions.

    For me, though, I would add the need to link ‘values’ and ‘principles’ to an overall mission. They’re symbiotic in so many ways: each helps define the other. However, again personally and for my clients, I strongly recommend them to codify an overall purpose to their existence – corporately or individually – as a context for the values to be lived by.

    My triumvirate is completed by having people agree a set of acceptable and desired behaviours, which demonstrate their overall mission/purpose with their stated principles/values in such an obvious way that it becomes the norm. Or, the culture…

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