People do what you do, not what you say.. Values is all about how we do what we do, our behaviours, which in turn creates our culture. People do what people see. "Culture eats strategy for breakfast" is a quote normally attributed to Management expert Peter Drucker. Basically meaning we can have the greatest strategy in the world to fulfil our vision and achieve our mission, but unless we have the culture to match, we are in serious trouble. Over the past couple of months, we have looked at our vision and our mission, but now lets take a look at who we are, our values, which create our culture. As a values led organisation, these are critical in order for us to create the right 'culture' which will enable us to fulfil our mission and achieve our mission. As I mentioned last month, this is what John Maxwell says on the overall theme we have been looking at since February: "Vision is the organisations head; it’s what we see with. Mission is the organisations heart; it’s what we live for. Values are the organisations soul; it’s God’s imprint upon our lives." Now let's take a look at the core values of Street Connect and how these play out in our everyday life: OUR VALUES Faith – Faith in the transforming power of Jesus Christ underpins all our activities. Worth – every individual has immeasurable value and should be encouraged and supported to achieve their God-given potential. Integrity – We are committed to principles of honesty, transparency, and courtesy in all we do. Growth – personal development is lifelong and requires openness to change and a commitment to continuous learning. Partnership – collaboration with other agencies, businesses and individuals prepared to invest in our mission is essential to success. Excellence – a commitment to continual improvement in order to provide the highest standard of service in all our activities. Let's begin by looking at our faith value: Faith – Faith in the transforming power of Jesus Christ underpins all our activities. As a Christian organisation, Jesus is at the heart of who we are and what we do. He is ultimately the reason we do what we do. We follow in His example. He is what motivates us to reach out and support those facing difficult times, just as He did. We believe 100% that He can transform any situation, circumstance of life at any given time. Basically, He is our reason. He is our provider, whom we trust for provision of all resources including people and finances. We most importantly trust in Him for transforming people's lives. Which leads nicely onto our next value.... Worth. Worth – every individual has immeasurable value and should be encouraged and supported to achieve their God-given potential. We believe in the God-given potential of all people. This includes our: trustees, staff, volunteers, service users, partners, funders etc. Everyone we 'connect' with, we want to value and show 'worth' to. I hope you feel this in any connection you have with the organisation, if not, please let us know. Integrity – We are committed to principles of honesty, transparency, and courtesy in all we do. We expect all representatives of Street Connect to act with the upmost integrity: trustees, staff and volunteers. This is extremely important to us as we want to maintain and uphold our good reputation, and for this principle to guide us in our decision making to uphold the trust of the public, our partners, and of course, those who use our services. Growth – personal development is lifelong and requires openness to change and a commitment to continuous learning. We need to be lifelong learners and open to change. This is how we grow personally, and if the organisation is going to continue to grow, then we must be a people who are all continuing to grow individually. This is a message which is conveyed from the board of trustees right through to those who use our services. Partnership – collaboration with other agencies, businesses and individuals prepared to invest in our mission is essential to success. It is extremely important to us that we work collaboratively with other organisations towards fulfilling our vision and achieving our mission. If we are going to make a significant difference, then this mission is too big for one organisation, and we need to work together to best support those we reach out to and make the biggest impact and reaching the most places and ultimately people. Excellence – a commitment to continual improvement in order to provide the highest standard of service in all our activities. Since the work began 5 years ago, and almost 4 years as a registered charity, we have been continually improving how we deliver our services and how we operate overall as an organisation. We have greatly improved internal systems, grown as a team, bringing in more specialist skillsets and it is our aim to continue to strive for 'excellence' continually improving how we operate with the belief that there is always a better way of doing things, we just haven't found it yet. Any feedback you have on our values, and how they operate in our daily practice would be warmly received, even constructive criticism :) Also we would welcome any feedback around our vision and mission statements. This is just a short introduction to our Vision, Mission and Values, of which, you could spend a significant amount of time looking at each in more detail. We will be moving on to a different theme next month. Beginning with 'Homelessness'.