1 - Determine Your Own Values

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Don Soderquist, retired COO of Walmart, lays the foundation for embracing values. In business and in life, values offer guidance when temptations for moral compromise appear. The leader who has never determined personal core values will have not be prepared to face these problems. 



Don said, "values are the foundation of everything we do." Yet many people have never taken the time to determine their own core values.

Spend some serious time thinking and praying about your values. In this space, list 10-12 values that are personally meaningful to you. After you have done that, determine which are your top 3.
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Your #1 Value

How does this value work in your everyday life? Do you positively act on this value? If not, how will you begin to do so?
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Your #2 Value

How does this value work in your everyday life? Do you positively act on this value? If not, how will you begin to do so?
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Your #3 Value

How does this value work in your everyday life? Do you positively act on this value? If not, how will you begin to do so?
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The article that Don quoted cited the reason for huge ethical failure by large corporations as "an incremental decent into bad judgment, until the violation of standards became the standard."

How can you make your values memorable and observable, and have others hold you accountable, so that you do not step on to this slippery slope of bad judgments?
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What do you have in your life that is bigger than you and guides your decisions and values?
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