This is the first part of a six-part series developed exclusively for PMI Members.
The aim of this series is to explore how our personal and professional values can be used as a proactive, precision tool to shape the future, especially as we all prepare for the new realities of the post-COVID-19 world.
Alan Kay invented the GUI interface used on all Macs, iPhones, iPads and Windows applications. Alan also invented object-oriented programming and early prototypes that supported the development of the mouse, tablets and laptops.
Alan Kay was asked how he was able to predict the future year after year, with such precision and consistency? He responded:
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
He was paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln who had said “The best way to predict your future is to create it”
We can wait for experts to tell us how the future is going to unfold or we can use our professional and personal values to create our future.
Instead of treating values as simply standards to be adhered to, or characteristics of people or descriptions of culture in a reactive way, we would like you to think of values as precision tools that enable you to manage and lead change, proactively.
Our character and reputation are defined by our values in action. Not by what we say we believe in but how we apply our values in all our decisions and relationships.
Mahatma Gandhi said "Your habits become your values, your values become your destiny".
Values are the lynch-pin between our habits and our destiny.
When we are conscious of our values it allows us to examine our habits objectively and shape our destiny permanently. We will not only be remembered by what we did in life, but also how we did it.
When our values are crystal clear, decisions, even tough ones in times of uncertainty, become much clearer.
Through this series we are going to build on the foundation of the existing standards and definitions of the four PMI Core Values - Responsibility, Fairness, Respect and Honesty.
The aspired and mandatory standards for these values are described in the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct.
The six blog postings in this series are:
- Creating the Future
- Values as a Precision Tool
The world has already begun to change through the upheaval of this global pandemic. More change are going to come. We may as well apply our leadership capabilities to transform the future on our terms.
There are many things that we cannot choose in life, but our most important choices of all, who we are, how we show up, what we stand for and how we create the future through our values – these choices are in our complete control.
Please share in your comments your thoughts on the importance of values, so we can all learn from each other.
How are you going to use values to create the future through the chaos and turbulence of your new realities?