Permission to Play Values

What are “Permission to Play” values?

These values lay the foundation for our conduct and our interactions with others.  

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Care for Others
  • Accountability


Respect is providing regard for the feelings, rights, traditions, and ideas of others. Respect can be expressed through acknowledging others’ contributions, seeking counsel from others, listening without response or rebuttal, using or supporting others’ ideas, promoting inclusion, and offering praise and constructive feedback.


Integrity exists when one reliably acts in consistent alignment with a framework of principles. One acts with integrity when treating all people with the same expectations, not making exceptions, for example, for someone in power. One acts with integrity when doing the right thing even when nobody will know. Employees with integrity can be depended upon to be consistently honest, transparent, and trustworthy. A particular office acts with integrity when its management, operations, and culture fit together as a whole.

 Care for Others

Care for others is prioritizing the wellbeing of others, which can be expressed through acknowledging others’ feelings, providing empathic support, and doing small things that signal caring and kindness.


Accountability is about the act of communicating clear expectations, following through on one’s responsibilities, and behaving in ways and engaging in practices that foster the desired results. Accountability is expressed when one acknowledges one’s own need for improvement and the steps that will be taken. When we hold someone else or ourselves accountable we care enough to point out the habits and behaviors that have a negative impact on performance and culture.