Where have all the values gone?

Idea adapted by HRMexplorer from where have all the flowers gone – words and music by Pete Seeger


I was mulling this thought over recently as I overheard a couple of friends talking about what was happening to them and their friends in the factory in which they worked, they were simply disillusioned, they had lost their jobs and their boss had gone on vacation!

I got to thinking that in a world where people need people more than at any time in history I started wondering how are we connecting, I mean really connecting with each other in the communities in which we live, play and work?


Seems like there is a problem going on when I see values floating by those that need to feel them!

Where have all the values gone, I mean would you really work for the CEOs who fly in on their Jets and then say, the factory’s got to go its costing us too much, but when quizzed they say their bonus is contractual.

Or would you rather work for the boss who goes undercover and cries with you and admits that they need to do more, and rallies everyone and proclaims together we will create something special. Together we will create the American Dream.

Where have all the Values gone seem like everyone picks them everyone, because it’s the right thing to say and do? And then chooses when and how to use them. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? ……..

That the shadow they cast is not special when it changes from halo to horrible from magical to mean. And that the shadow they cast melts into meaninglessness when it flutters in the wind and disappears like sand in the wind.

Where have all the values gone and when did we stop asking others what is important to them and caring and supporting them when we know.

Values without meaning have no character at all. Values without consistency simply does not get it!

So lets create the values-revolution! The charter that we must all adhere to:

  1. Get connected and stay connected with those around you- it makes a difference

(Michael Stallard)

  1. Support each other in three ways
    1. Relationships with others (engagement care)
    2. Relationships with your family (family care)
    3. Relationship with yourself (self care)

It’s all about relationships it always was after all relationships without values is like afternoon tea without lemon!

And remember to treat others how they want to be treated and that character is built through reversing the golden rule, not treating people how you want to be treated

About HRMexplorer

Managing Director - Human Capital Europe and USA - My ability is to recognize ingrained assumptions and patterns of operation that aren’t productive, and offer practical, cost-effective and value-based solutions.

Posted on April 20, 2010, in General and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I loved your article and the examples. I get lots of CVs submitted for review and I found your examples very interesting and amusing.

  2. Peter,

    As I read your thoughts and those of your visitors, I was reminded of what Bono of U2 said when he was asked why in the world he agreed to split the band’s profits five equal ways with his band members and long time manager. Bono replied that being around these friends made him a better musician and a better human being so why in the world would he ever leave that for more money. I think this is one reason many people are leaving large corporations and trying to start a business of their own or join a small business with people they like. The indifferent or hostile cultures of large organizations are losing good people and I sense this will be a problem for large organizations when the economy rebounds.


  3. Karla, I whole heartedly agree! The Golden rule simply does not work! I have said this for years and for good reason. I welcome the opportunity to start that project and indeed will so do!

  4. Thanks Katherine Indeed we do. Thee is much discussion about the role of HR and there is a clear need to focus on Culture,Values, and Diversity. In my view get these right you deliver a thriving and vibrant organization!

  5. Thoughtful article. Thank you. It’s interesting that, despite all the research that proves treating people well does contribute to a company’s success, leaders who actually do that are rare. So we need to put great HR leaders back to work to lead that change.

  6. I really like that you did NOT state the golden rule “treat others as you would like to be treated” – because you’ll never get far doing it that way. It’s a major relationships of ALL sorts fail. Treating others as they would like to be treated is the essence of motivation and great leader of retention.

    Project: Start a petition campaign to get the golden rule changed.

  7. That really is what life is about. It carries to all aspects of what we do…good relationships, bad relationships, relationships we want, relationships we don’t want, in life, work and play!!

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