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The Power of Shared Values

AUTHOR: Chelsea Frank
DATE: 13 July 2023

The Power of Shared Values


Do you ever feel like you're just going through the motions in your relationships? Like you are not really connecting with the people around you? If so, it might be time to take a look at your shared values. Your core values are the things that are most important to you in your life. They guide your decisions and behavior, and they help you form meaningful relationships. When you share your core values with someone, you have a foundation for trust, connection, and understanding.

Shared values are the foundation of strong relationships. They are the things that you and the people around you believe in, the things that are important to you. 

Start by identifying your core values. By identifying your core beliefs, you are able to live a more fulfilling life. Your core beliefs can help you form meaningful relationships. To identify your core beliefs, you can start by making a list of the values that are important to you. These could include things like honesty, integrity, compassion, teamwork, creativity, or innovation. You can also talk to the people around you about their values. What are the things that are important to them? What do they believe in?

Once you have identified your shared values, you can start to build and strengthen your relationships with people who share them and align your values with others. It is important to maintain relationships by sharing your values with them - your team members, relatives, and friends. When you know what you stand for, you are more likely to make decisions that align with your values. You are also more likely to attract people in your life who share your values, which leads to stronger bonds within existing relationships. 

Here are a few ways to build and maintain relationships based on shared values:

  • Be open and honest about your values. 
  • Let people know what's important to you. 
  • Be willing to listen to the values of others. 
  • Try to understand what's important to them. 
  • Be supportive of the values of others. 

Even if you do not agree with everything someone believes in, you can still be supportive of their values. Shared values can also help foster innovation. When people share the same values, they are more likely to be open to new ideas and willing to take risks. This can lead to new and innovative solutions to problems.

Here is  an article from Harvard Business Review that talks about the power of shared values: Creating Shared Value. In this article, Michael Porter and Mark Kramer argue that companies can create shared value by addressing social and environmental challenges in a way that also benefits their bottom line. They say that by doing this, companies can create a more sustainable competitive advantage.

How can you cultivate mutually beneficial relationships within your organization?

Here are some additional tips for building relationships based on shared values:

Look for opportunities to connect with people who share your values. This could be through volunteering, attending events, or joining online communities. 

Be a good listener. When you're talking to someone, really listen to what they have to say. Pay attention to their values and how they express them. 

Be respectful of differences. Even if you don't agree with everything someone believes in, you can still respect their values. 

Be open to learning. As you get to know people, be open to learning about their values and how they came to believe in them. 

Building relationships based on shared values is a great way to create deeper connections, more effective collaboration, and a greater sense of purpose. 


So, what are you waiting for? Start building relationships today!