“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” – The Declaration of Independence 

We’ve all heard this excerpt from the document that gave us the freedoms we enjoy but rarely, if ever, contemplate. 248 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Americans have no experience living life outside of freedom. It is all we know. What a mind-blowing blessing, right? That’s how rock solid our forefather’s inalienable truths were and… are. 

If a group of men 248 years ago was able to write guiding principles that are as potent today as they were back then, why are we not doing the same? Whatever our truths are, they must be so strong, so rock solid that they resonate for years and years – maybe even 248. If we dig deep enough, we can find navigational beacons that aren’t relative to the situations we find ourselves in, but rather anchor us through all life’s journeys.

Here at Stratos, we live and work by specific core values. They lead us on a path to our desired destination, while focusing on respect for people, dignity of the human spirit and greater quality of life for all. The order is purposefully structured.

  1. We seek to honor God in all we do. This is the foundation of Stratos’ service and relationships. The absolute standards of right and wrong are equally important in our personal and professional lives. 
  2. We help people develop. We are committed to providing team members with skills training and opportunities to accomplish meaningful achievements inside and outside the workplace.
  3. We excel with customers. Excelling with customers is at the heart of all we do. We invest in a tailored approach to uniquely meet changing needs, resulting in lasting relationships.
  4. We grow profitably. We hold one another accountable as stewards of resources, technology improvements and excellence.

As we experience new challenges in our country, state and city, and within our own businesses, it’s more important than ever that we stay true to the values we hold dear. How can you find core values that resonate regardless of what’s going on in the world, in the economy, in your organization or in your household? 

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