What Are Your Company’s Core Values?



The core values of an organization are those values we hold which form the foundation on which we perform work and conduct ourselves.  We have an entire universe of values, but some of them are so primary, so important to us that throughout the changes in society, government, politics, and technology they are STILL the core values we will abide by.  In an ever-changing world, core values are constant.  Core values are not descriptions of the work we do or the strategies we employ to accomplish our mission.  The values underlie our work, how interact with each other, and which strategies we employ to fulfill our mission.  The core values are the basic elements of how we go about our work.  They are the practices we use (or should be using) every day in everything we do. (The National Park Service training)



  • Govern personal relationships
  • Guide business processes
  • Clarify who we are
  • Articulate what we stand for
  • Help explain why we do business the way we do
  • Guide us on how to teach
  • Inform us on how to reward
  • Guide us in making decisions
  • Underpin the whole organization
  • Require no external justification
  • Essential tenets



  • Operating practices
  • Business strategies
  • Cultural norms
  • Competencies
  • Changed in response to market/administration changes
  • Used individually



  • Adaptability
  • Boldness
  • Collaboration
  • Dependability
  • Efficiency
  • Flexibility


Internship Tip: Communicate to your intern during their orientation session and probation period your company’s core values and how they translate into daily business operations.

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