Individuals, families, small communities and big societies.
We all have values.
Our own personal values dictate the way we live our lives. Family values are passed through generations. And societies progress and grow through shared values.
They are important for everyone - especially through challenging and changing times.
That's why I place such importance on them at the Christie. A clear set of agreed values that all our staff passionately believe in and work by, with their hearts and their heads.
We've just had an extensive consultation with staff to review our Christie values. The values remain the same, all focussed on delivering the best possible services to patients, but we've reduced our 10 value statements to 8 shorter statements.
They cover team-work and sharing knowledge to ensuring a clean, tidy and safe environment and providing the highest quality care.
All obvious, but so very important. Our staff also want to look smart, celebrate success and listen more than tell.
And to promote our values and the outstanding staff who reflect them in everything they do, we've launched a new ‘employee of the month’ scheme..
This scheme is to recognise and reward the hard work and dedication of staff. It's also an opportunity for patients, relatives and colleagues to show their appreciation for the care, support or assistance provided.
You can nominate via:
Its funny how some things, like our values in life, never change - yet other things, like the internet and social networking, are changing everything about how we live our lives.
We're looking at using Facebook and Twitter more in our communications, as well as developing a strategy to promote Christie developments further in the national media. I met an impressive specialist today who might help us with some of this.
Down-to-earth but on-the-ball which is what I like.
And, incidentally, one of my own personal values.