Simple Thing That Aren’t That Simple


I love those moments where the basis of Restitution is reinforced by new research and findings from completely unrelated fields. It’s what makes me confident that the principles we teach are solid – not only does my own experience tell me this, but others are finding the same to be true.

I had one of these moments the other day in a training session I attended. The presenter was talking about the importance of organizations being confident in their core values and beliefs, and how without this, a business cannot succeed.

He challenged us to come up with a statement that outlines the core values of the organizations for which we work.

Seems simple enough. But it was stunning to me to see what happened next.

People talked about how we provide high quality educational experiences.

They spoke of helping people develop competency.

They talked about providing a skilled workforce, and helping people to find fulfilling careers.

It all sounded pretty inspiring. Until the presenter pointed out that these statements are not statements of belief, but that they are statements of what we are doing. To get to the level of beliefs, we need to ask ourselves, “Why do we do these things?”

We do them because education is important.

Because we believe that all people deserve the opportunity to find fulfilling work.

Because we believe that in order to keep our community strong, people need to find educational opportunities close to home.

Why is it so hard to talk about what we believe?

When you meet someone, one of the first questions asked is “What do you do?” But when you really get to know someone, you know so much more that simply who they are. You know what they stand for, and what is important to them. Imagine if instead of asking someone for a job title, if instead we were to ask a person why they do the work that they do.

It made me wonder – if we spent a bit more time thinking about why we do things, instead of what we are doing, is it possible that our behaviour would be less reactive, and more purposeful?



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