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Core Values: What they are? An individual’s core values should be an accurate reflection of who the individual is and what this individual is about. Core values should be the very foundation that the individual is built on. They are what drives the individual when all else seems to have faltered. They are what the person is at his/her most basic and honest level. In the words of author, speaker, consultant, Charles “Bill” Carpenter, “Core values are governing principles that help you make sound, consistent decisions. You should carefully identify costs versus benefits, as your core values can not be compromised. When you start compromising any of your core values you will find it becomes easier to disregard all of your values system.” Author Kevin John says, “Having a clear understanding of your personal values is critical to your success. Without this knowledge you won’t know what really matters to you, what motivates you and why you are doing what you are doing. You’ll be in conflict with what you really want and your life will be unfulfilling and stressful. If you want to be successful you need to make sure your personal values and your goals in life are aligned. If they aren’t you will struggle to find motivation and sustain the enthusiasm and energy you need to travel the road to success!” What they aren’t Core values are NOT something you wear like a coat. They are not put on when publicly shown and taken off in private. They are not put on for political purposes, only to be taken off again when that political point is over. Core values are…the person. If they are put on and taken off at will then they are false, and that individual’s integrity is essentially non-existent. If you doubt the previous statement, then ask yourself the following question: If everything I do for money or perceived power were to suddenly have no monetary value or income, what would I still be about? If you answered honestly, you would see that your core values are all that would remain. Take a look at what the U.S. Air Force Core Values statement says. It states quite clearly, "Our Core Values, Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do, set the common standard for conduct across the Air Force. These values inspire the trust which provides the unbreakable bond that unifies the force. We must practice them ourselves and expect no less from those with whom we serve." (The underline in the sentence above was included for emphasis in this article only) Core Value Parts Core values are made of a number of parts to make them whole. Each of the parts contributes to the total package of core values yet no single part necessarily carries more
U.S. USAF (Ret. lawyers. event though founded on many of the same guiding principles. We need an ordered society. Telling the truth. we know how crucial education is to our society so we provide for the training of teachers. Responsibility. we want to be treated fairly. • • • • • • • • Responsibility: recognizing your duties and properly executing them. 3.). 8. Justice.businessdictionary. Courage. No member of the professions (doctors. Initiative: being alert and aware of your surroundings and situation and taking proper action when needed and appropriate to do so without being told to do it. Demonstrating integrity. Generosity/Service: demonstrating a personal level of generosity that when given does not expect or ask for a return and being always willing to serve for the betterment of many and not just for personal gain. Professional Integrity In the succinct words of Professor Emeritus Malham M. This author sees them as. Wakin. Courage: moral and physical courage to do the right things even at significant personal costs.value than another. we seek justice. Similarly. 1. we know how important security is to our nation-state so we provide military academies and military training for the members of the military profession. Accountability: recognizing and accepting responsibility for your actions and words. Selfrespect and Humility. “Professional integrity derives its substance from the fundamental goals or mission of the profession. Brig Gen. Honesty. Honesty: Being as good as your word. Not shifting the blame to others. Core values are usually summarized in the mission statement or in the statement of core values. 6. 5. Generosity/Service . They should be valued equally in the make up of a person’s Core Values. 2. 7. Personal Core Values are not necessarily the same as Business Core Values. Justice: being willing to always be fair and consistent in issuing awards as well as punishment. Self-respect and Humility: respect and appreciate your personal skills and gifts.” The following are excerpts from his treatise on Integrity titled “Professional Integrity” published in Airpower Journal Summer 1996.html : Operating philosophies or principles that guide an organization's internal conduct as well as its relationship with the external world. Initiative. but never being personally boastful or prideful in word or action.com/definition/corevalues. 4. We train our judges and our lawyers in law schools supported by the community because of the important value that we place on justice. Air Force Academy. teachers…etc) can escape these ties to the community since they constitute the very reason for the existence of the . An example of business/organizational Core values is taken from: http://www. Accountability.
some of the role specific obligations are based on this relationship and on the authority to act on behalf of the entire society which is literally bestowed on these professionals. What I wish to argue is that since professions exist to serve society's need for important values (education.).professions. That means that professional practices must always be constrained by basic moral principles. When professions go beyond their essential service function to society and distort their purpose toward profits. can we have confidence that those habits will be practiced by these same individuals when they become licensed professionals? How are personal integrity and professional integrity related? There are varying opinions about this. Clearly. http://www. Thus.af. We want to live in a world where the duties of a competent professional can be carried out by a good person with a clear and confident conscience. Members of the public professions are thus educated and supported by the society because of the critical services the professions provide.but live an entirely different kind of moral life outside the professional context in one's private life. Professional integrity derives its substance from the fundamental goals or mission of the profession. Some people believe that one can live up to high standards of competence and conduct in one's professional role -. Put in more direct terms.at the hospital.html . the means used to provide those values and services should be morally decent means and the persons in the professions who provide them should be morally decent persons. at the military base -. professional integrity begins with this necessary responsibility to serve the fundamental need of the community.mil/core-value/integrity. good lawyers ought to be good persons and good military professionals ought to be good persons. good teachers ought to be good persons. etc. justice. in the school. health. practitioners are supported from the public coffers during their entire careers.usafa. In the case of teachers in public institutions and in the case of the military profession. Notice that the community makes possible the opportunity for one to become qualified in a given profession and usually allows the professionals the authority themselves to set the standards of competence and conduct of its members. power. good doctors ought to be good persons. With the authority to act goes the public trust and violations of that trust are serious breaches of professional integrity. If our preprofessional preparation does not inculcate the habits of professional integrity. security.they stop being professions. or greed then they lose the trust and respect of their communities -.