In the wildly popular show “The Voice” – two hopeful singers perform one song together, on a stage fashioned like a boxing ring, but when they finish one gets voted to stay and the other one goes home.
They face off in the “battle round”, both with incredible talent, both with beautiful voices, both with great coaches, and both with a steely lock on winning. But there would be only one winner. Stakes are high, emotions are high and the level of competition is off the charts. So why then do these hungry contestants hug and support each other like they were greeting a long lost relative, when they should be squaring off like mortal enemies?
They do so because; in order for one of them to win they have to work together as a team. I think that’s the real beauty of the show. Its classic values conflict – both want to win, and both are right to do so, and in order to win they must work seamlessly together, they have to find a common value to stand on together. In this case I think that value is love, their deep love of music. Love is the universal value that binds them together in a cause bigger than both of them – giving a memorable performance!
There are no ties in a values conflict. There can be only one, and whether it’s a battle on the voice or a battle in the office the outcome will be decided by reaching for that universal value – making one party humble in victory and the other gracious in defeat, and allowing things to move forward in a common mission. Every day in your business, many times a day someone is putting aside their personal values to make room for your company’s core values. Make sure you’re clear on what those values are.
Understanding how to integrate values into your business is a critical success factor for all businesses. Why not start educating yourself now?
Clint Best is a business coach and the founder of Kaizen Business Development in Kelowna, BC and is a certified values blueprint partner. Clint has been guiding forward thinking business owners through change and growth since 2002.