Are core values the same as principles?

For me, principle is the word to describe your beliefs. People who act or live by principle have a (sometimes) written code of behaviour.
I've always had ambivalent feelings about people and their principles... I sense a kind of rigidiity. And laziness. That is, if in doubt, check it out with your principles.

Are core values the same thing? Why are they "core"? Are there surface values... values which are flexible, and core values are not flexible?

Tom Law

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Principles and values

Life and business without principles will be inefficient and unproductive; if they are our values:-) Regards, Mehmet Dr. Mehmet YILDIZ || IBM || IT Business Philosophy || Paradigm Shift for 2050s|| My blog || Twitter || Linkedin.

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Are core values the same as principles?

As far as I am able to tell "core values" is another piece of inane management/corporate speak and as business people we need to stamp out its use at all costs. www.philipbanks.co.uk Royal Television Society award winning voiceover, regularly ignored by 120,000,000 TV viewers worldwide...General Expert, consultant, after dinner speaker, Life coach(isn't everybody), mentor, menthol, writor,Teenie tootsie Fungal Grand master practitioner, stoat strangler

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Tom Law

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Are core values the same as principles?

I'm 100 per cent with you on Bill Gates. Principles should change the same way we should change. Ideally, as we age we gain, if not wisdom, insight and more humanity. Or do we? Maybe a core value we all have is our humanity... that's to say, a real sense of sameness with each other. I start to like this metaphor now: at the core is a sweet nut, surrounded by a hard shell. Can our principles be the hammer that works on cracking the shell? I guess the shell is fear, in one form or another. Tom Law

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Jeff Mowatt

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Are core values the same as principles?

"Do you let people know when your principles have changed? " Missed the above while I was typing. I mentioned Bill Gates above who when asked in 2000 to support the idea of bring information technology to poor people famously responded that "poor people don't need computers". Now he advocates Creative Capitalism in which information technology has a role to empower and address global inequity. Now he isn't going to say "hey guys I wuz wrong and I'm making up for it" but actions now speak and he knows that every word he utters is followed.. On the other hand there are plenty who are talking the talk which doesn't translate into tangible change of behaviour. As perhaps evidenced by the gathering of 100 billionaires which the Guardian reported on Saturday, who will pledge to give more of their fortunes if they get tax breaks. "Feel free to be taken unwell" said the journalist. Jeff

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Jeff Mowatt

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Are core values the same as principles?

Let me put this into a practical context. My colleague and founder became homeless after serving the US Democrats as an honorary researcher and took all he had, a sum of $4000 to fund reseach for a project that would leverage $6 million from US Gov and by creating 10,000 businesses lifted as many families out of poverty in Russia. he was threatened, drugged and incarcerated by corrupt FSB officers and eventually blacklisted from obtaining a visa. So, he was obliged to leave a partner and her child behind there. In follow up encounters with corrupt officials who tried to tag their own projects onto his, he told them (essentially mafia) to go **** themselves. He speaks out about corruption and neglect persuading a government to create rehab centres and double the adoption allowance among other influences. I made him my partner in 2004 and the work he does is funded by a business based on principles which Bill Gates has since adopted and others talk about. Stress is present in spades as we try to execute our objectives, with revenue ever diminished by corporations reluctant to pay.

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Tom Law

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Are core values the same as principles?

So principles are something you consciously decide to have? And core values are something deeper, something you are born with or something that was so instilled into you that you can't help but be that way? My problem with the terminology is this: if there's nothing we can do to change our core values, why harp on it so much? Perhaps better to have a clearly written set of principles, in the same way we write laws. So we and everyone we deal with, know the limits we set on our behaviour. Still, like I said, I'm not so sure about people and their principles. Can your principles be amended the same way we change laws. Changing times, changing principles? Do you let people know when your principles have changed? Tom Law

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Jeff Mowatt

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Are core values the same as principles?

Tom, We are talking about personal principles here, I guess. But should that not as far as possible carry over into the way we do business? We took a stance about a principled approach to business and economics and today it's become very relevant in the meltdown we're currently observing as a result of greed and profit maximisation. We have perhaps one core principle that business should serve people first: http://www.p-ced.com/about/background/ Jeff

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