Values and Principles

Values and Principles

Thunderbird School of Global Management

I had the privilege last week of spending a day at the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona. I enjoyed a campus tour, lunch with some graduates and current students, and a talk by a colleague of mine who, like me, is a member of the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution.

It was also an opportunity for me to preview the atmosphere and setup as I will be facilitating a workshop there in mid April. Wow, I was in my realm. They had me with their value statement:

“For more than 60 years, we have educated global leaders who are also global citizens – because we live by the credo that borders frequented by trade seldom need soldiers, and we’re committed to helping develop a stable world economy where that philosophy becomes reality.”

Thunderbird was just ranked #1 for full-time International MBA Programs in 2011 by Financial Times and U.S. News & World Report, and for the #1 Potential to Network by The Economist.

Core Values

Now, if you’re reading this blog, you know I’m all about relationships. My approach to life is as a compassionate, adventurous and creative peace keeper as influenced by gratitude, enthusiastic perseverance and connection.

I want to share different and interesting sets of values and principles, and then over upcoming blogs we can explore them more in-depth.

A fine set of core value declarations is one I heard about several years ago. They come from a childrens golf program called First Tee. They have a scaled down golf course comprised of nine holes. I saw the program in action when one of my grandsons was a participant. I was impressed with how they had a value for each of the nine junior golf holes. Each value was defined and addressed each week in a classroom setting, with a discussion about what it meant in life and on the playing field. Participants were required to understand the following values before they were allowed to play on the golf course.

1. Honesty
2. Integrity
3. Sportsmanship
4. Confidence
5. Responsibility
6. Respect
7. Perseverance
8. Courtesy
9. Non-judgmental

Another set of values that I’m in major alignment with come from the online shoe and accessories company, Zappos. Zappos is an innovative company where they put employee passion for the workplace on the list of values. You can read more about how this works in the book, Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.

1. Deliver WOW through service
2. Embrace and drive change
3. Create fun and a little weirdness
4. Be adventurous, creative and open minded
5. Pursue growth and learning
6. Build open and honest relationships with communication
7. Build a positive team and family spirit
8. Do more with less
9. Be passionate and determined
10. Be humble



A meaningful set of principles comes from the ARTbundance™ program developed by Marney Makridakis.

To learn more about Marney and how she weaves business and these life enhancing principles together, you can catch Marney this week on Wednesday night (March 23rd) giving a free teleclass: Discover Wonder Woman’s Greatest Superpower: Lasso Love to FINALLY Get Things Done.

Here’s the link to sign up for the free workshop. You can participate live or listen to the download later.

Marney’s Nine Principles

1. Gratitude
2. Intuition
3. Balance
4. Vision
5. Attraction
6. Choice
7. Action
8. Connection
9. Service


Communication Style Values

All of our values are important and our friend Mary Miscisin helps us look at our value preferences by virtue of our Color Styles, helping us establish a base language that is continually built upon. Color Styles gives light hearted, enjoyable, and enriching insights to how we give and receive information.

Mary and I are both trainers for True Colors. For an interesting look at communication and choices in relationships, go to the True Colors website, and go to the resources section and read my article, If Relationships Were Like Ice Cream Sundaes.

GOLD might look at stability, responsibility, practicality and fairness, influenced by personal responsibility, social responsibility and being a stabilizing factor.

BLUE might look at harmony, authenticity, inspiration and imagination as influenced by emotions spirit and feelings.

GREEN can look at intelligence, competence, independence and emotional stability as influenced by the mind, intellect and thinking.

ORANGE may look at freedom, fun, leadership and resourcefulness as influenced by action, playfulness and being able to triage well in a crisis.


Next time we’ll look at how to use the values and principles to determine where we are in and out of alignment at home, at work and at play.

For those of you who have been asking, here are a few things I’m up to these days:

1. Turning Bad Bosses and Crummy Co-workers into Great Teams
2. Providing ‘Crisis HelpShops’ to avoid Five Potential Crisis Situations that could be costly and debilitating in the workplace
3. Facilitating playful and insightful ‘Permission Spoon Adventures’ workshops
4. Facilitating relationship workshops for couples and singles
5. Coaching job seekers on becoming employed, or in some cases, staying employed
6. Teaching Psychology 101 at Phoenix College
7. Enjoying family and watching grandsons Matthew and Max play baseball

Warmest regards,

A great quote: “The better a person feels about themselves the better they will treat others.” By Nathaniel Branden as appearing in Harvey Mackay’s weekly column.


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