CIS Core Values

We aspire to hold these core values in the CIS work environment.  They should guide both how we interact with each other as well as how we interact with others inside and outside SPU. 

  • You seek what is best for SPU, rather than best for yourself or your group
  • You accomplish amazing amounts of impactful work
  • You demonstrate consistent strong performance so colleagues can rely upon you
  • You exhibit bias-toward-action and avoid analysis-paralysis
  • You make time to help colleagues, synergizing your work to achieve greater outcomes

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  • You listen well, instead of reacting fast, so you can better understand
  • Your communication is focused on the transfer of understanding
  • You are concise and articulate in speech and writing
  • You embrace differing perspectives in conversation to reveal more information to make better decisions
  • You treat people with respect independent of their status or disagreement with you

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  • You make wise decisions despite ambiguity

  • You are broadly knowledgeable about information technology and higher-education
  • You look past symptoms to identify and treat root causes
  • You wisely separate what must be done well now vs. what can be improved later
  • You minimize complexity and pursue efficient and elegant solutions
  • You make tough decisions without excessive agonizing

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  • You embody continuous improvement by challenging prevailing assumptions and suggesting better approaches
  • You re-conceptualize issues to discover practical solutions to hard problems
  • You seek to understand our strategy, industry, and community
  • You contribute effectively outside of your area of expertise
  • You learn rapidly and eagerly
  • You take smart risks

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  • You share information openly and proactively with all, unless sensitivity or security necessitate confidentiality
  • You strive to be unbiased and non-political when you disagree with others
  • You are known for candor and directness, avoiding ruinous empathy
  • You are quick to admit your mistakes
  • You are ego-less when searching for the best ideas

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  • You care intensely about SPU's success
  • You keep Christ in the center of your work
  • You approach work with a stewardship mindset
  • You inspire others with your thirst for excellence
  • You prioritize mission-centered outcomes
  • You question actions inconsistent with our values

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