Apr 13, 2021
Are Your Firm Core Values a Lie?
We are picking up on a conversation about core values that started in the episode with Rick Girard last week. Give it a listen if you haven’t already.
I've been anchoring to this concept of clarifying your core values in conversations that I'm having with law firms. I'm finding that most of them aren't clear on their core values as a firm.
I’ve seen firms confuse core values with mission and vision statements.
I often hear firms say that “Family First” is a core value. They put it in their employee manual and on their website. Family First is not really a core value when you’re getting frustrated with an employee leaving at 5:30 every day to get their kid to soccer practice.
You can use tests like the Kolbe and Strength Finders to clue you in to your team's core values.
It's much easier to hire the right people when you are clear on your core values, and you communicate them during the hiring process.
What You Will Learn in this Episode
How mission and vision statements differ from core values
Why your core values aren’t the ones you think you “should” have
It’s not a core value if it’s only valued when it’s convenient
Why you need to communicate your core values during the interview process
How to get started determining your firm’s core values
Links and Resources