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The Diet Doctor Values

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“Empowering people everywhere to revolutionize their health” is the purpose of Diet Doctor. To succeed we need to build a great team – a group of people that are not only smart, passionate and capable, but who aim to live in accordance with the Diet Doctor values.

What are our values and how can you help us live them?

Values guide action

Since ancient times, the Northern Star has helped travelers make decisions by pointing them to true north. Values, similarly, help people make decisions by pointing out the right way to act.

Values simplify choice and collaboration

There are two reasons that values are important:

First, they simplify strategy, product, and people decisions. They do this by limiting choice. For example, if one of your values is “Goodness”, then the only products you can create are those that make the world a better place.

Second, values simplify collaboration. Picture a few one-celled organisms moving around doing their thing: that’s a group of individuals. Now, picture these cells as they form a larger organism, each cell doing what’s good for the whole: that’s a team.

Values make it easier for individuals to collaborate as one because 1) they provide a clear standard for how to behave, and 2) knowing that your teammates act from the same values as you do increases trust.

How to choose values

Values are rarely more than fancy-sounding words that are preached, not lived. To truly guide action, three things about how to choose values are key:

1. How beats what

First, how a team decides its values is more important than the values themselves. Why? Because values are only effective when people want to live them, and deep involvement of team members is essential to create such desire.

At Diet Doctor we take this “how” very seriously. We spent more than a year discussing values. Disagreements were frequent, which is a good thing, and in the end everyone’s views had been heard. At that point, just before the summer of 2016, we made our decision.

2. Less is more

Second, all team members must effortlessly remember the values and what they mean. This requires having few values with concrete examples of how to live them.

At Diet Doctor we aimed for three values but failed and ended up with four. For each of them we provide three examples for how to act.

3. Right is might

Third, the values must be right. This means that living the values must 1) increase the probability of achieving the company purpose, and 2) be the morally right thing to do.

At Diet Doctor, we discussed these things by asking questions such as: “How should we act to empower people everywhere to revolutionize their health?”, “When pursuing our purpose, what’s the “right” and “wrong” thing to do?” “How can we make sure we only do what’s right?”. Hard but important.

The Diet Doctor Values

Below are our four values. We don’t claim to live them perfectly, but we do aim to.

#1 Trustworthiness

We aim to be worthy of trust in everything we do.

How to act with Trustworthiness:

  • Say what you think and feel, and practice what you preach.
  • Act as if the world were watching.
  • Strive to be less wrong by seeking opposing views and exploring what’s hidden.

#2 Simplicity

We aim to make everything we do as simple for people as possible.

How to act with Simplicity:

  • Get to the essence of what’s important, remove everything else.
  • Focus on the most important thing, say no to everything else.
  • Communicate in ways that make it simple for the person you’re interacting with.

#3 Inspiration

We aim to massively inspire people.

How to act with Inspiration:

  • Don’t be boring.
  • Think differently and look for creative solutions.
  • Act with passion and touch people’s feelings!

#4 Goodness

We aim to feel good, be good and do good.

How to act with Goodness:

  • Treat everyone, including yourself, with kindness and respect.
  • Make the world a better place.
  • Spread the power to do good.

How to use the values?

Values are only effective when they help us make good decisions. Here are three examples of how we use our values at Diet Doctor:

Creating products

We use our values whenever we create something. For example, when we create a new low-carb guide we ask questions such as “Can I truly stand for what I’ve written?” (trustworthiness), “How can I make this guide shorter?” (simplicity), and “Will this make people take action?” (inspiration).

Hiring people

We hire for values. To do that we don’t rely solely on interviews – we try to work with the person too. This is unusual but we believe it increases the probability of hiring people who will live our values.

Giving feedback

We use our values to give feedback. Such feedback can feel a little uncomfortable, but because our values are clearly specified and everyone agrees with them, it makes giving and taking feedback easier.

You can help

We don’t claim to live our values perfectly and you can help us improve. Here’s how:

Whenever you feel we are not living up to our values, please send us an email, or make a comment on our site or Facebook page. This will direct our attention to whatever we are doing wrong and help us improve faster.

Do you have some feedback for us right now? Please tell us in the comments below. Thank you for helping!

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9 Comments

  1. deborah
    Thank you.
  2. Maureen
    This is so refreshing and this site has changed my life. Thank you so much!
  3. Apicius
    Very interesting post. North Star strategy planning and execution is used in the corporate world...interesting to see this embedded in this organization, too. I really like the fact that you discussed and debated and challenged each other. I think you are all on a roll to continued success. Keep up the good work. Glad to be a paying member of this site...looks like the money is put to good use.
  4. Apicius,

    Nice to hear. Yes, the discussions and disagreements are essential. For values to be effective, team members must feel they to want to live them. That happens through deep, genuine involvement, not through force.

    Thanks for your support.

  5. Belinda
    If there was something I took away from Low Carb San Diego this year it was that Andreas has impeccable ideals and principles. Diet Doctor.com demonstrates the values and integrity you have described in this post. I would describe DD as having integrity, decency, straightforwardness, it's open, transparent and easy to follow. I will be forever greatful for the information and advice that's enabled me to lose weight (15kgs) & take control of my nutrition. I'm so happy to be a member and never hesitate to recommend DD at any opportunity. DD makes it easy to have confidence in the lchf lifestyle. It's a portal to open information without any marketing hype. That's what makes it so unique.
    Thanks for being there..!
    Reply: #6
  6. Belinda,
    Thanks, I really appreciate that. I'm certainly not perfect however, just attempting to do my best.
  7. Michelle
    Great stuff!
  8. Marilyn
    Would like to know about my diabetes. Still take one shot each am and my sugar is below 7. Lowest has been4.5 I am doing this on my own haven't been to doctor. Since startig I have had no sugar low though sometimes I feel weak or dizzy. I am
    Fasting from dinner until dinner the next day therefore only eating once a day simply because I am
    Not hungry would you advise. Marilyn
  9. Michelle
    I am wondering if there is anyone out there who is interested in editing the Wikepedia Diabetes page- it currently says" "adult-onset diabetes". The primary cause is excessive body weight and not enough exercise.[3]".

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