Kevin Pashuk en Business Hub, Directors and Executives, beBee in English AVP - Information Technology • Sheridan Polytechnic University 26/9/2016 · 2 min de lectura · 2,0K

Cutting to the core (values)

Cutting to the core (values)

Years ago, and I mean years ago, I sat through a professional development session at my work. Now these things were not nearly as exciting as they are today, but at least we didn't have to suffer through 'death by PowerPoint'.

In between all the "I wish I had a pencil to poke my eye out" presentations, there was one presentation that stuck with me for years. I don't remember anything about the speaker or the rest of the presentation, but the following bit of the session has stuck with me to this day.

Caveat: This post isn't meant to be a great treatise on psychology, and I'm sure a number of readers would disagree, but this simplified view of a complex subject has been most useful to me in my journey in leadership.

The speaker wrote 3 words on the flip chart. (I told you it was years ago) 

Beliefs, Philosophies, Principles 

Beliefs he explained were the first filter we process things through before we react. We typically ask ourselves during the decision making process "Do I believe it's a good thing or not?"  The trouble is, our beliefs can be easily influenced to change by external factors. Having read Martin Lindstrom's book Brandwashed I am more convinced of this than ever.

The second filter we use is our philosophies. While they are more rigid than our beliefs, they are generally defined by the community we hang out with. Think Toronto Maple Leaf fans, bikers, professional associations, faith communities. We all draw filters from the communities we associate with. While more rigid, they still change. 

The third, and most critical filter is our principles, or core values. These are the uncompromising values that ultimately govern our behaviour. They are generally few in number, but they are things we are willing to die for (at least metaphorically).

As a leader, you should be able to write out your core values at a moment's notice. Even if you can't articulate them, they still govern your approach and reaction to life and the things it throws at you. That's why it is so important for you to know what steers your rudder.

I was reminded of this subject by a posting on Geoffrey Webb's Blog called "My 3 Core Values as a Leader".

He asked the readers to respond with their core values.

Here are mine:

Truth – Where there is truth, there is freedom, dignity and respect. It’s about a bigger agenda than my own.

Trust – I cannot do this alone. I need to both trust others (their skills, intentions and word) while being wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove) and earn the trust of those I serve.

Empowerment – I’m not leading people if they are not growing and doing things they couldn’t do before; helping them to find their potential. Otherwise I’m just managing the operation. 

So... Let me ask you. What are your core values?


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NOTE: This has been previously posted on LinkedIn

About the Author:

Cutting to the core (values)I’m the Chief Information Officer for Appleby College, in Oakville, Ontario Canada, where my team is transforming the delivery of education through innovative application of technology.

I'm convinced that IT leadership needs to dramatically change how IT is delivered rather than being relegated to a costly overhead department.

In addition to transforming IT in my role as CIO, I look for every opportunity to talk about this... writing, speaking and now blogging on BeBee ( , LinkedIn, ITWorld Canada, or at

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Kevin Pashuk 13/6/2017 · #24

Resurrecting this one from the archive.

Kevin Pashuk 27/9/2016 · #23

#22 Philosophies are pretty rigid, but can be changed. I would put 'partisanship' in this mix. Garrison Kiellor of Prairie Home Companion fame once stated (and I paraphrase) on the radio show. "My grandfather was a Democrat. My father was a Democrat. Therefore, if the Democrats ran a blind, three-legged dog named Lucky as their candidate, I'd have no choice but to vote for the damn thing." If something ultimately challenges your philosophies, and you agree there is truth to the argument, you can certainly change, or 'evolve' as you put it.

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Harvey Lloyd 27/9/2016 · #22

#10 Better stated than I. But i do see Values and Philosophies interchanged under the guise that this is my evolving value. Values are pretty hardcore as you stated. They are truly absolutes. The other two are evolutionary in nature, that coincides with our wisdom development.

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Kevin Pashuk 27/9/2016 · #21

#20 A great list Vincent.

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Vincent Andrew 27/9/2016 · #20

Staying true to myself - I do things that I am comfortable with without compulsion from others. Once I was asked to give a grade A to a colleague but I refused because it was against my principle of fair appraisal. The colleague did not deserve that grade, yet.
Give more than you should - I call this value added and people love this. Giving more than people expect just adds that extra quality. I find that people remember you more and thank you more after that.
Always be good to your clients - Make them feel comfortable even if they are unhappy. Find out why if there are troubles. Help them as much as you can.
Great buzz @Kevin Pashuk!

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Kevin Pashuk 27/9/2016 · #19

#18 Great quote Laurent. It is similar to something my wife has repeatedly said (I do listen to her sometimes @Ken Boddie) "If you want to see where someone's priorities are, check out their Daytimer (or Calendar for the iPhone gen)".

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Laurent Boscherini 27/9/2016 · #18

"Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are."- José Ortega y Gasset. #14

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Kevin Pashuk 27/9/2016 · #17

#16 I think my wife says the same thing, but I wasn't really listening.

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