Terri King Speaks

Professional Values

by on Jan.28, 2008, under Uncategorized

What are values? Webster says they’re “that which is regarded as desirable or worthy.” That question was easy enough to answer, but here’s one only you can answer.  “What are your values?”  Perhaps you are wondering why I ask this question.  As most of you know I am a small business owner (King Associates Real Estate, LLC) and I am a firm believer in business planning.  My office manager, Rhonda Ford, and I were working on pieces of the plan when she brought values to my attention.  We have had a mission statement since our inception, but no stated values.  As  I have thought more about this I realize that this is a critical piece we were missing.  First evaluate yourself for your personal values.  What premise do you live and make decisions by? Simply, why do you do what you do? Or why not? What is important to you? This will lead you to the explanation of your character, your values.  From there, you can develop your professional values as they should be very similar.  I have been amazed how this list of values has helped me focus and decipher the path for myself, my career, and my company.  Bringing values to the forefront subjects everything else to the scrutiny of those values.  If it doesn’t line up with your values, you shouldn’t do it.  Sit down with a piece of paper and give this exercise a try.  I think you will find it rewarding, as I have. 

Special thanks to Rhonda Ford for her contributions to this subject.

Terri King

2 Comments for this entry

  • Jerry Miller

    You have such remarkable insight and articulate your thoughts so well! Lest my comments detract from that insight and depth, I’ll just add a couple of thoughts that support your analysis from a source more reliable than myself.


    “2 Timothy 2:15
    Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

    2 Timothy 3:14-15
    But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”


    May God bless you and this blog as you share your insights!


  • Sally Iannazzone

    Well, this post made me reflect on my own values as I like to do periodically. It’s always intresting to see whathas change because change is inevitable to have growth and which values have stayed the same. I always seem to find that somethig has changed. Sometimes things that seemed soooo important in the past have diminished only to find another that has moved up to take it’s place. There are also the values that are stedfast and have only changed with some fine tuning!
    Thanks for the reflection!

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