Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Speaking up when you know what's right: Vocal values

One challenging speaking situation is speaking up when your values come into play.  You know what's right, but you hesitate to speak your mind about it, for a variety of reasons:  Some might disagree, see you as soft or emotional, or perhaps the issue involves what you see as bad choices, unless you speak up.  Now you have a guide: Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What's RightPublisher's Weekly noted that the book:
....offers a powerful action-oriented manifesto for living with integrity, fighting for one's convictions, and building a more ethical workplace. Arguing that if enough of us feel empowered to voice and act on our values then the business world will be transformed, she shows how to practice and perfect speaking up, thereby building skills and confidence.
Author Mary Gentile describes some of the thinking behind the book and program in this article, and notes two myths that hold many people back from voicing their values:  They think they need a sure-fire argument to make the case, and they think they need to be in charge (whatever that means) to put their values across.  But she disagrees, and shows you how to overcome those obstacles.

Giving Voice to Values also is a business education curriculum, which is available for free to educators; pilot programs using the curriculum are in place at these universities around the world.  Go here to learn more and to sign up for the program's mailing list.

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