A Voice for Values

A Voice for Values

I thought it appropriate as I start this new blog to say a few words about myself.

I have spent most of the second part of my life thinking, studying and writing about leadership, values  and culture in business and society. My studies have led me to the conclusion that the only way we will be able to address our collective human needs in the future is if we shift from belief-based decision-making to values-based decision-making, not just in our personal lives but in our organisational and societal lives too.

Values always trump beliefs when it comes to making decisions. This is because beliefs are based on information from the past; they are assumptions we hold to be true.  When we use our beliefs to make decisions, we assume the context we will be living in in the future will be the same as the past. Nothing is further from the truth. We live in a rapidly changing world, a world of accelerating complexity. The only anchor we have in such a world is our values: the values that lie in our hearts.

The shift to values-based decision-making is not easy. Not only do you have to be clear about what is important to you, you must also understand who you are and what your bottom-line priorities are. When the people of the UK were asked to pick their top ten personal values in 2012, they chose the following values: caring, family, honesty, humour/fun, friendship, fairness, compassion, independence, respect and trust. The full report can be found by clicking on this link UK Values Survey .

Shortly after the results of this survey were published a group of concerned individuals got together to create the UK Values Alliance for the express purpose of putting values at the heart of UK society. If you are interested in promoting values-based decision-making you may want to join this group. You can enroll by contacting Maureen Watson at maureen@valuesalliance.net. A similar group has also recently formed in Italy. You can enroll by contacting Giovanna D’Alessio at giovanna.dalessio@asterys.com. Click here to find out more information about the Italian Values Alliance.

If you want to find out what your values are, and how closely they align with the average UK resident, follow this link. Within a few minutes of taking this survey you will receive a full report describing your value priorities.