values for the company. Our data show that 90 percent of the fastest-growing middle market companies have done this, twenty points higher than the average. 2. Values shouldn’t be brought down from the mountain—they need to be shared and communicated. That’s the second things lead- ers should do: make sure that they talk about values—not just via signs in the cafeteria, but when decisions are being made. 3. The third thing: culture needs to be embod- ied in the ways managers behave. Actions speak 16 INDUSTRY TODAY FEATURE - NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE MIDDLE MARKET (NCMM) THOMAS A. STEWART EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE MIDDLE MARKET Thomas A. Stewart is the Executive Director of the National Center for the Middle Market, the leading source for knowledge, leadership and research on mid-sized companies, based at the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Stewart is an influential thought leader on global management issues and ideas: an internationally recognized editor and publisher, authority on intellectual capital and knowledge management, and a best-selling author.