At Agile Boston our Core Values explain, inform and guide everything we do. For example, anyone who wishes to become an Agile Boston volunteer explicitly commits to these values in advance, as a condition of service. Volunteers are expected to act in alignment with these values at all times when representing Agile Boston. Some Volunteers become Leaders over time. Leadership must fully embody these values. We use this set of explicit values as guidance for selecting and interacting with Volunteers, Sponsors, Speakers, and the creation of Policies, Programs and more.
These values are built on two core ideas:
- RESPECT FOR PEOPLE
- CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Our Core Values are:
- Serve Others
- Be Purposeful
- Create Results
- Create Relationships
- Increase Learning
- Communicate Honestly
- Create Fun
- Be Focused
- Be Committed
- Be Courageous
Let's explore these core values in more detail, with the "big idea" underlying each one:
Be of Sincere Service to Others
Service to others is a teachable behavior and an attribute of genuine greatness in individuals, teams and organizations. Sincerity in the pursuit of genuine service to others is essential.
Aligning actions with a clear purpose serves everyone, reduces stress, and creates the potential for great results. Be purposeful in every action.
Create Great Results
Effort is profoundly overrated; seek in all ways to efficiently manifest greatness in all of our results. We seek to create great results through simplicity and a clear focus on what is essential.
Create Healthy Relationships with Respect
Personal self-care and a genuine concern for the dignity of others is fundamental to great relationships, shared understandings and the creation of healthy communities.
Use Openness to Increase Learning
Consider every idea, regardless of the source; share your best thinking with others to increase collaboration and the potential for great results. Use openness to increase healthy and effective communication.
Communicate with Integrated Honesty
Speak the truth as you understand it; fully disclose how you think and feel. Develop the skills and courage to express your truth in every situation; use these skills to model virtue in every interaction you have with others.
Create Fun by Being Passionate
Devote all your energy to the task at hand and immerse yourself in it; be passionate and determined to really enjoy all that you do, both individually and with teams. If this is not possible, exit the situation.
Attain and Maintain Focus
Concentrate all of your attention on the task at hand. Recognize that a clear focus is always an essential ingredient in the creation of truly great results. Use focus to be effective in all that you do.
Deliver on Commitments
Intentionally bind yourself to a course of action, individually and with teams. Make commitments only after careful consideration, then deliver on each and every commitment you make to yourself and others. Keep your promises.
Execute in the face of fear, regardless of how uncomfortable it feels. Never allow fear to prevent you from executing in the direction of great results, both individually and with teams. Realize fear is almost always present when pursuing great results. Be very afraid if you must-- then
"do it anyway".