Language of Value

Imagine this...


You inherit an old car from a distant relative.

You don't know much about cars and are curious about the value.


You get your first estimate from a metal scrap yard. You give them the weight of the car and they offer you $300.


Then you go to a dealer. The body looks good, they can refurbish it and offer you $1000.


For your final estimate, you go to a collector's forum and return to find a $27,000 offer.


Same car, different values.


Ever heard the phrase 'value is relative'? Yes, it is.


Bottom line - not everyone will value your contributions equally. Learn the language of value in your environment.


Don't know where to start? Here are some ideas.


  • Grab a copy of your company's strategic plan and find out where you fit in there


  • Look at next year's budget and find out where they're investing


  • Follow the buzz to understand what projects are ramping up and winding down


  • Take note of which departments are growing


Find out where their time and treasure are going. Then You don't know much about cars and are curious about the value.


You get your first estimate from a metal scrap yard. You give them the weight of the car and they offer you $300.


Then you go to a dealer. The body looks good, they can refurbish it and offer you $1000.


For your final estimate, you go to a collector's forum and return to find a $27,000 offer.


Same car, different values.


Ever heard the phrase 'value is relative'? Yes, it is.


Bottom line - not everyone will value your contributions equally. Learn the language of value in your environment.


Don't know where to start? Here are some ideas.


Grab a copy of your company's strategic plan and find out where you fit in there


Look at next year's budget and find out where they're investing


Follow the buzz to understand what projects are ramping up and winding down


Take note of which departments are growing


Find out where their time and treasure are going. Then decide whether what they value is aligned with what you value and whether that's a value language you want to speak.


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Need help balancing your employer's values and your personal values? Request a free strategy session. Visit www.badbossbreakthrough.com.