Does Your Company Actually Live Its Values?

By Brigadier General (Retired) Bernard Banks, Ph.D., Monday, September 14, 2020

*This article was originally published by Kellogg Insight*

Few companies set out to be corrupt, or knowingly employ unprincipled people. And none want their employees' actions splashed across newspapers, going viral for all the wrong reasons. So how can it be that - in an age of organizational values statements and corporate social responsibility - fraudulent or otherwise unethical behavior continues to persist?

It turns out that getting people across the organization to actually adopt a company's value system can be easier said than done.

"Organizations do a great job of coming up with their philosophies and principles," Banks says. "But it is often harder to see how they live up to those values on a day-to-day basis."

Bernie Banks, a clinical professor of management and associate dean for leadership development at the Kellogg School - as well as a retired U.S. Army brigadier general - describes four key steps leaders can take to ensure that their organizations walk the talk.

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ExpertiseLeader development, organizational change, organizational culture ExperienceBernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Executive Director of Rice University’s Doerr Institute for New Leaders (and a Clinical Professor of Management within the University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of... Read More +

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