Values are intricately involved with behavior patterns and belief systems – they provide a window into the form of life or culture of every organization.
- At the very heart of all enterprises we find core values
- Values drive organizations in obvious and non-obvious ways
- The lived values of an organization reflects that organization's soul
The better we understand an organization's value system the better we understand the organization as a whole, are better able to communicate and negotiate with it, and better able to improve it.
QED Consulting provides consulting services on values clarification and prioritization.
We analyze an organization's value system in terms of global and business values and examine the prioritization of those values to ground and align behavior, processes and systems such as performance management, competencies, policies and procedures.
QED also provides ethics training and consulting, to safeguard and improve the reputation of the organization.
In addition we have focused on ethics in an international context as well as ethics in relationship to leadership accountability.
From the international perspective we look at the impact of culture on ethical decision-making - and analyze ethical dilemmas from a cross-cultural perspective. We also explore cross-border perceptions of ethics using a 2x2 grid to help identify what is commonly ethical and unethical to two cultures, as well as what one culture sees as ethical and the other as unethical and vice versa. Our programs also include research from Transparency International on the perception of corruption worldwide.
On the leadership and accountability angle, we explore the role of leadership with regard to integrity, and use exercises on Enablers and Barriers to identify what leaders can do to stay ethical and accountable.