This year, we sat as a team and decided what our core values are. We looked at a long list of words and individually chose those that described the environment that we want to work in. We then, compared our choices and narrowed them down to five. Next step was to define what they meant to us. What were the rules or expectations that we have around these values? Here is the final list of our values at Scisters Salon:
- Ambition- The hunger that comes from having goals, which drives you to relentless action
- Service- Providing care and your full attention
- Connection- Creating moments and trust through your words and work.
- Productivity- Making the most efficient and profitable decisions that further promote the success of our business.
- Continuous Improvement- Striving to always be developing into greatness
Great, so what does it mean? Well all of our decisions are made a bit more simply around here. If something promotes one or mores of our values it may be a great idea. Conversely, if it holds us back from what we have defined as important to our work, it's an easy no.
Last week we took part in an event that lit us up inside and touched on all 5 of these values. We'd love to take some time to share. As many of our loyalists know, every year we attend a huge Paul Mitchell Gathering in Las Vegas. This year 3 of us attended Paul Mitchell's Business Revolution for a full day of focus on industry specific ways to grow your business. At dinner that night, we were all full of fire with great ideas because what we had done that day had aligned ourselves in all of our values. We had been surrounded with other ambitious people all day, learned how we can offer better service, made connections with other stylists and industry folks from around the world, took away lessons on how to be more productive, and worked on that continuous improvement that is so important to us.
The next two days Melissa and I were invited to attend Global Prev-You for Paul Mitchell Educators from around the world. We got some more inspiration each morning with keynote speakers like Tim Storey (just google search the man, he's incredible) and then attended 5 breakout assessments. In one of which we "Walked the Talk", where we stood on stage and presented our best skills in front of the Global Artistic Director of Paul Mitchell and my biggest inspiration, Robert Cromeans. How often do you get to get one on one coaching from the person you most admire? I sometimes have to pinch myself that we get these opportunities.
The final day magic happened! In each of the breakout classes they choose two standouts for best in show. Something that all educators want to win. Well wouldn't you believe we both won in our styling workshop. It was great to win, but even better to win together. I feel so privileged to share this journey with my best friend. Our hard work continues to pay off, and I am glad that we hold each other to the values that drive us there.
So what are your core values and what have they helped you achieve?
Written by Easton Bajsec, Co-Owner of Scisters Salon