As we enjoyed our coffee with cakes and more drinks to follow, we then started to carry our conversation towards values and beliefs. I strongly believe that values and beliefs creates who we are and how we make each decisions in our lives. It is the fact that our early childhood experiences begins to form the core beliefs and values that influences the way we judge ourselves, others and the world around us. As I refresh on my childhood past, I began to recognize the differences and the decisions that I made which defines in my upbringing. Many times, when we make decisions, we are faced with so many unwelcome alternatives because of the consequences that may follow.
Making decisions from a personal perspective is easily defined than making decisions in a work environment where you are faced with a dilemma. This is where our expectations are based around ethical conduct and personal responsibility. These situations where we are brought face to face with a conflict between our personal values and core beliefs and the values of the organisations, we need to be aware that there are guidelines or code of ethics to follow. Sometimes there are situations where we act according to, making decisions or practice in a manner that safeguards our privacy, others or the organisation and at the same time treating others with respect and dignity. According to Michelle Obama and I quote:
“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
As we make decisions not based on fear and the negative consequences creates a effective decision making model for every individual based on our own values and beliefs. At the same time, we need to be aware that we will always be faced with situations where there is a clash of competing values, such as personal values and organisation values. We need to engage with consistent professional standards of conduct that shows no fear then we are more likely to interact genuinely and credibly with everyone around us or people, clients that we come in contact with.
As we got deeper into our conversation, it was profoundly clear to me that everyone has different views as we humans are social beings created with competing views, ideologies and most of all, our different values and beliefs but at times are compatible but not comparable. I found this very fascinating on how we make decisions when we are faced with a dilemma whether it is just a self-decision or of profession.