I am a huge University of Virginia (UVA) basketball fan and can't wait for basketball season to start (let's skip football season). I remember when UVA hired Tony Bennett in 2009 and many fans said "Tony Bennett, like the singer?" Everyone wondered how a relatively unknown coach (due to West Coast experience and exposure) was going to turn around a struggling program in the ultra-challenging ACC. He did so by implementing and getting his team to buy in to his five core values – otherwise known as his five pillars. Inc. magazine has covered his five pillars as his five leadership principals.
While not all companies or teams are going to have the same core values as Bennett, it is important that a team identify and utilize its core values as a strength of the team. I believe that there is great value in publishing them for the world to see. Publishing them keeps the team true and genuine to the core values. It also adds a factor of accountability. We have published the 7 Adam Shay CPA core values on our website.
How do you come up with your company's core values? You need to look at what is important to you and what commonly unites your team. In the case of UVA basketball, the five pillars (along with my summary) are:
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