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Our values to blame?
|March 1, 2016||Posted by Assegid under Africa, Ethiopia, Leadership, Politics, Self Awareness, Updates, Values & Character||
As a society, our desire to succeed is one thing. The values we’ve embraced that are counter productive and contrary to our intentions is another. If we don’t have the right values that support our intentions and desires, we’re doomed to fail.
Let’s ask these simple questions. Why are we Ethiopians, Africans, and other similar nations that are struggling keep on failing and unable to overcome poverty, dictatorship, and so on? Yes, there are many factors that have contributed to where we are now. I bet, many of the reasons that we finger point are external to us. We don’t want to take blames. We deflect responsibilities. We act victims, and remain so, I don’t know for how many years to come?
We have to increase our awareness, and look inward, and start changing from within. The only change that is impactful and lasts is the one that begins from within. This cannot happen without having the right understanding on how values play roles in bringing lasting changes.
As a leadership expert, who have been promoting the power of values for more than a decade, I keep on telling my clients, trainees, and mentees: The authors of your success (failure) are those values you have harbored. I challenge them, if you are sick and tired of failing again and again, and wondering how to overcome those shortcomings that have been sabotaging your progress, you need to figure out the underlining values first.
Both at individual, corporate, and societal levels, our successes (failures) are highly dependent on the kind of values we have adopted. Unfortunately, many individuals, organizations, and societies are unaware of how some of their own values are sabotaging their own success and progress. They point their fingers somewhere, and play blame game. They’re unable to figure out that the culprits for their disappointments could be some of their own values.
Take time, think, reflect, and enlist some of the values that you think are sabotaging your personal life, career, and business?
Discuss with friends and colleagues, and recognize some of the values that you think are sabotaging the progress of your organization, community, and society…