Our behaviours and decision-making
We don’t intend to write rules or formal procedures to follow. Rather, our purpose and values are cardinal points, like those on a compass, which guide our actions and decisions.
They are helpful and logical ways for us to be and behave, in almost any context or situation. Any individual or any team, at any given moment or working any given project, might ask themselves: what should I/we do? Consulting and considering our purpose and values gives us clear direction to base our actions or decisions on.
Our ways of being
In specific situations, certain values might suggest specific behaviours. However, there are some ways of being that are more universal, encompassing all of our values simultaneously. They seem to both simplify and amplify how we express or display our values. And they should come to describe us they way you might describe someone by their most outstanding personality traits.
Mindfulness helps us to be more conscious of our ourselves and others. So we check in with ourselves and each other. We try to be present; to be here, now. We try to know ourselves, individually and as a group, and to remind ourselves who we are.
Mindfulness also helps us to stay aware of our purpose and our values, and to be true to them: humanness, togetherness, trustworthiness, openness, extraordinariness... they all serve mindfulness well, and all are better served when we’re more mindful.
Generosity is also inherent in each value. And there are so many ways to embrace it. Being generous of spirit. Aspiring to have the best intentions. Wanting the best for others and thinking the best of them.
We like to give: whether it is time or value, an ear or an idea, something useful or interesting, a random act of kindness or senseless beauty. And we give with no expectation to get anything back.
We have the difficult conversations
Most people shy away from difficult conversations, but we know they are the best route to making relationships better. Through hard conversations we hear, learn, grow closer, do better. We also know that difficult conversations needn’t be adversarial; we take care to have them with love, with good intent, with open hearts and minds.