Personal versus professional — really?

When I bring up the topic of values or decisions, often, something interesting happens. “Personal or professional”, I hear some of you say. This distinction seems to matter. For some, it the first thing needing clarification to be able to continue with the conversation. Just to make this clear: That is some strong segmentation going on there.

What is the good, the true and the beautiful, the beacon to orient yourself toward seems to be different depending on context. I talk to a lot of people about this, and what is noteworthy is, not everybody asks this. There seem to be clusters in who asks and who doesn’t. I do not have the exact numbers, but from my experience in the past years, hardly anybody in nonprofits asked this, and a very high number of people in high-pressure environments (financial services, consulting etc) asked this.

I am curious. Are what we consider our personal values not welcome? Or do we just not have these conversations, so we will never know? What do we observe in the leaders above us, how welcome this is? What sort of conversations would we need to have more of? And how can our values drive this?

Please share!