Values are non-tangible principles that guide the way a person talks and walks. Professor Sir Ralph Turner MC once said, “Bravest of the brave, most generous of the generous, never had a country more faithful friends than you.” As Sir Ralph Turner mentions, Nepalese are famous for their bravery which have been glamorised through the ages with the courageous acts performed by the Gorkha soldiers. In this light, we can understand that bravery and generosity are values of the Nepalese people which define their actions.
“It’s absolutely essential that you be clear and mindful of the values that guide your actions, because your personal credibility depends on it. (Kouzes & Posner, 2003, p. 31)”
I hold achievement of my goals, fairness at work, freedom to work, having fun while working, honesty/integrity, innovation for challenging the status quo and responsibility as my values in my professional work.
With Nepal having bribery as its foremost essence of doing work efficiently, I try my best to stop these acts in my organization. Similarly the freedom to work is very important to me. I personally work better with freedom to take decisions while working and not be dictated by my seniors all the time. This is only possible if you can prove your work with achievements that can be seen.
As we learned is our previous class, if you want to be great you cannot continue doing what you have been doing. You need to change. One way of doing that is by spending your time and attention wisely. To do this you first need to understand how your day has been spent and one way of finding that out is writing journals. It is a power tool. As Matt Mayberry says, “Not only can a journal be a place where we store important information, record quotes or sayings that move us, but it’s also a wonderful tool to help us analyze where we are at and where we want to go. (Mayberry, 2015)”
Another powerful tool to realize and attain spending time wisely would be by following the Quadrant II, the time management matrix as mentioned in the book, seven habits of highly effective people. In the four by four matrix, author Stephen R. Covey helps to allocate tasks that are based on urgency and importance which drastically improves time spent throughout the day.
Most often urgent matter are usually visible, in front of us and often pleasant, easy, fun to do. But often they are unimportant. Importance, on the other hand has to do with results. If something is important, it contributes to your mission, your values, and your high priority goals. (Covey, 1989)
My organization has values ebbed in its vision “Peaceful, equitable and just society, where there is solidarity among people and respect for human dignity.” I understand these values as these values also align with my own. Among this values, I would say just society in more important at this time. Just meaning, rules are for everyone. The well off or people in power do not have the right to disregard or manipulate rules. In the words of Henry David Thoreau, “In an unjust society the only place for a just man is prison.”
Covey, S. R. (1989). The 7 HABITS of HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE. London: Simon & Schuster UK Ltd.
Kouzes, J., & Posner, B. (2003). THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE Workbook. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Mayberry, M. (2015, January 0). Keeping a Daily Journal Can Give You Tremendous Power. Entrepreneur . Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/241280