At UpBuild, we talk a lot about our company values – the shared priorities that are the driving force behind our functioning well as a team. The ten of us all come from different backgrounds and have different lives, but these shared values come together to form a common understanding of what is “UpBuildy” to do.
I’ve worked at and with a lot of different businesses over the years, and many of them claim to have a set of company values in some form or another. However, it’s a lot easier to say what your values are (or, more commonly, what you wish they were) than it is to actually live by those values — and when a company doesn’t live by the values it purports to hold, the cognitive dissonance that creates for customers and team members alike can cause some real turmoil.
In the two-and-change years I’ve spent at UpBuild, I’ve been struck over and over again by how easy tough decisions and conversations become when you’re truly living your company values. The right decision, more often than not, becomes entirely obvious when we ask, “what’s the UpBuildy thing to do?” I thought I’d take our blog readers through our values one by one and talk about what they mean to us, and up first is the one I wrestled with the most before starting here: transparency. [Read more…] about Values Spotlight: Transparency