I was reminded of these business values (list below) written by Tom Peters in 2006, by a business colleague. They are an excellent bench mark to build exciting and sustainable businesses.
If we were are able to maintain these attitudes in our businesses processes we would be more successful and our people resources more empowered. See his latest book. The Little Big Things.
BUSINESS VALUES - A REMINDER WE CAN MAKE WORK A GREAT PLACE TO BE
1. Do fabulous work and be known for our innovativeness
2. Attract exciting people - more than a few of whom are a little offbeat.
3. Raise hell. Constantly question "the way things are done around here" and never, ever rest on our laurels.
4. Make sure those who leave us, voluntarily or involuntarily, can testify to having learned a lot, having had a special experience and having made fast friends, while they were here.
5. Have a collegial, supportive, yeasty, Zany, laughter-filled environment where folks support one another and politics is as absent as it can be in a human (ie:imperfect) enterprise.
6. Ensure that no question or innuendo ever surfaces about our ethics.
7. Dot the I's, cross the t's, answer the phones promptly, send out errorless invoices and in general, never forget that the devil is in the detail.
8. Work with exciting customers (and other partners) who turn us on and stretch us, from whom we can learn and with whom we enjoy associating (and who pay their bills on time, too)
9. Take in substantially more money than we spend (where spending includes above-average compensation and a very high level of investment in the future.)
10. Grow by creating pioneering, top quality service and attracting innovative clients, not via growth for growth's sake
Tom Peters June 2006