Organisational Values in Ten

April 2, 2024

by John O. Burdett

In turbulent times there are two questions that the top team must ask:

  1. Are we operating from the right business model?
  2. Is it time to review our organisational values?

Something like 80% of Fortune 500 companies claim to have values. However, that 80% can be divided into three camps: a third have values that aren’t really values; a further third have values that are little more than window dressing for the website; and a final third fall into the category of having authentic and relevant values that people are fully committed to.

Because a typical business may only revisit the organisation’s values every decade or so, the seemingly effective approach is to bring in an external consulting firm. All well and good, but how do you engage the right provider? Many will answer the call, but few are really qualified. Having worked on organisational culture with some of the world’s largest organisations, the ten “principles” that follow represent our cumulative learning.

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John O. Burdett is founder of Orxestra® Inc. He has extensive international experience as a senior executive. As a consultant he has worked in more than 40 countries for organisations that are household names. John has worked on organisation culture for some of the world's largest organisations. His ongoing partnership with TRANSEARCH International means that his thought leading intellectual property, in any one year, supports talent management in many hundreds of organisations around the world. Get in touch with John O. Burdett »

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