Steven Rice

Area of Mastery: Align Values and Actions: The Proof in the Pudding (Spoke 9 – pg. 93)

Steven Rice - Reinvent the Wheel Spoke 9: Align Values and Actions

Professional Profile: Chief Human Resources Officer, Formerly of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and now of Vir Biotechnology, Inc

Favorite Quote: “I believe in destiny.” (pg. 102)

Important Links:
Vir Biotechnology
The Gates Foundation
Art Basel
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Quick Facts About Steven Rice:

  • One of Steven’s favorite self-reflective questions is: “Am I living an intentional life?”
  • He has over 30 years in global human resource leadership, including EVP of HR at Juniper Networks and before that, Hewlett Packard
  • He has been with his partner and husband, Gary, for more than 35 years; they can be found yearly at Art Basel in Miami and Munich

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Spoke 9: Move into an empowered leadership role by aligning your values and actions.

You’ve probably heard phrases like, “Practice what you preach,” or, if you’ve been to Vegas, “Put your money where your mouth is.” Although these phrases are thrown around conversationally, the idea behind them is rather profound: your values don’t hold water until you align them with your actions.

Values are the fundamental beliefs, principles, morals, or guideposts that help direct your actions. Since everyone is different, and since everyone resonates with different values, it’s important to define your values for yourself.

I always assumed I had values. “Do your best,” and “be a good person,” were phrases I kept in my back pocket to pull out when asked about my philosophy. However, “do your best” wasn’t really the motivating force behind my actions, and “be a good person” was far from fully-realized.

It hit me that I was often acting on feelings, whims, impulses, rather than guiding principles. After some serious soul-searching, I adopted “TRUTH” and “LOVE” as my true values, and it changed everything.

What is the motivating force behind your actions? In Reinvent the Wheel I will help you answer this question and seek your own true values to live by. It’s time to move beyond a defensive, reticent role into an empowered leadership role.

The Well-Being Wheel Graphic Spoke 9: Align Values and Actions.

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