All organizations have both espoused and enacted values. The word 'espouse', from the dictionary, means to marry, or to adopt or support a cause. In the corporate world, an 'espoused value' means values we want others to believe we abide by to create a positive public image. The word 'enact', from the dictionary, means to establish by legal or authoritative act, to make into law, or to act out a role. In the corporate world an 'enacted value' is taken to mean values that actually guide our decisions and actions.