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The 3 Power Values: How Commitment, Integrity, and Transparency Clear the Roadblocks to Performance

ISBN: 978-1-118-10132-2
240 pages
May 2012, Jossey-Bass
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Get organizational results by nurturing commitment, integrity, and transparency

A healthy corporate culture is the secret to an organization's performance. The good news is that employees already embody the values needed to propel the organization to its goals, but institutional roadblocks get in the way. All too often leaders don't know how to diagnose their culture in order to clear these roadblocks to performance. The 3 Power Values presents a breakthrough model that permits leaders to measure and manage culture. To create a fully aligned high-performing culture, leaders need only focus on nurturing three catalyst values: Commitment, Integrity, and Transparency.

  • Offers an innovative values-centered model to help organizations achieve short-term goals without sacrificing long-run sustainability
  • Filled with lively case studies of major companies including Johnson & Johnson and Boeing
  • David Gebler is a recognized thought leader in the field of values-based ethics and culture risk management

The 3 Power Values offers leaders at all levels a unique and accessible approach to identifying the behavioral challenges that are hindering their corporate culture and to removing them effectively.

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Preface ix

PART 1: ALIGNMENT IS THE KEY 1

1 Culture Drives Performance 3

2 Behavior Roadblocks 32

3 Values Drive Culture 59

PART 2: THE POWER VALUES 89

4 Integrity Aligns Goals and Standards 91

5 Commitment Aligns Principles and Goals 117

6 Transparency Aligns Principles and Standards 145

7 Your Plan for High Performance 170

Notes 199

Suggested Readings 207

Acknowledgments 209

About the Author 211

Index 213

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David Gebler is an innovator and thought leader in ethics, values, and culture with over 20 years' experience advising global organizations on how to reduce people-based risks. A pioneer in values-based assessment and training, David teaches at Suffolk University and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and WGBH.

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“David Gebler has written a much-needed and timely book. The 3 Power Values provides a simple framework for action that will help any organization reduce risks and achieve long-term sustainable value.”
—Shari Redstone, vice-chairman, CBS Corporation and Viacom, Inc.

“Just an excellent, excellent book. Gebler brings needed common sense to the often vague, unactionable, and fog-sculpting enterprise known as organizational effectiveness.”
—Charles H. Green, coauthor, The Trusted Advisor; founder and CEO,Trusted Advisor Associates

“An erudite and comprehensive account of why culture and values matter from a consultant who lives and breathes his métier.”
—Richard Barrett, chairman and founder, Barrett Values Centre; author, The New Leadership Paradigm

“Outstanding practical guidance on a difficult and crucially important issue for managers.”
—Joseph L. Badaracco, John Shad Professor of Business Ethics,Harvard Business School

“Drawing heavily on basic psychological and economic principles, The 3 Power Values is a must-read for leaders wishing to better understand their people, their organizations, and themselves. All of us benefit when individuals and organizations exercise commitment, integrity, and transparency.”
—Jennifer Robin, coauthor, The Great Workplace

“Illuminating, compelling, and actionable. A true contribution for leaders navigating the complex intersection of company performance, values, compliance, people, and organizational behavior.”
—Kim Rucker, senior vice president and general counsel, Avon Products, Inc.

“I have seen David Gebler put these powerful ideas into action, and they work.”
—Shira Goodman, executive vice president, human resources, Staples, Inc.

“Illuminating, compelling, and actionable. A true contribution for leaders navigating the complex intersection of company performance, values, compliance, people, and organizational behavior.”
—Kim Rucker, senior vice president and general counsel, Avon Products, Inc.

“A must-read. I have worked with David Gebler for over seven years, and with The 3 Power Values he is once again at the forefront of driving positive cultural change in organizations.”
—Vincent Brockman, executive vice president, general counsel, and chief ethics and compliance officer, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

“David Gebler's book draws as much on his decades of hands-on experience working with companies on their ethical challenges as it does on his keen insight into the three values—commitment, integrity, and transparency—that drive any company's performance. It's essential reading for all managers striving to understand their corporate culture and create a high-performing organization.”
—Jeffrey Seglin, author, The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit, and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business

“The 3 Power Values is a must-read for every manager. Creating a culture of trust and commitment is crucial for any institution to survive long term. Yet sustaining cooperation internally and maintaining a reputation for trustworthiness is complex. The 3 Power Values is a clear and unique guide to creating and maintaining such a culture. It is simple without being simplistic, and convincing without being rigid and inflexible.”
—Tamar Frankel, professor of law, Boston University School of Law; author, Trust and Honesty: America's Business Culture at a Crossroad

“A breakthrough, commonsense primer for establishing effective corporate cultures to assist employees in avoiding costly and destructive ethical and legal lapses. A compelling read for corporate leaders in today's heavily regulated and overly litigious environment.”
—Harvey L. Pitt, CEO of global strategic business consultancy, Kalorama Partners; 26th Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

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April 19, 2012
The 3 Power Values Book Trailer - David Gebler

Author David Gebler discusses his book, "The 3 Power Values: How Commitment, Integrity, and Transparency Clear the Roadblocks to Performance."

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