What’s Important is about Values Perspectives: a different way of looking at and working with values, whether you want to really understand what drives your own life and work choices; or if you want to build a foundation of shared values energy with your team, or, align your organization behind a truly shared sense of purpose. Values Perspectives is a twofold approach, supported by an online values survey. It looks, in a non-judgmental way, at both your highest-priority values–your real values–and at the worldview-lens that colors how you interpret your values, and the values of others around you. This book is about why that matters, and how to understand and work with values to get the most out of them. What’s Important is also a practical handbook for the coach, counselor, teacher, internal or external consultant and change agent who knows that values are our deepest drivers, and that values can unlock immense potential for self-awareness, communication, influence and positive group energy, when we know how.
White Paper: Values Perspectives
Everyone has a worldview, a general perspective that frames their perceptions and provides an orientation for them. Worldviews can be organized along a continuum ranging from a perspective that is concerned with survival and stability to one that is most concerned with dynamic expansiveness. Values are distributed across this continuum and can be organized into six perspectives, Grounding, Family, Management, Relational Awareness, Systems Awareness, and Expansion. Being familiar with these six perspectives provides insight into not only your own, but how others who operate from different perspectives understand the world.
Article: Values Driven Leadership
This is an in depth look at leadership styles as they develop from the Values Persective model. Four basic styles describe a wide variety of priorities and behaviors in a simple to understand model and discussion with comparisons to major leadership theory, and with historical and current examples. Values Driven Leadership was first published in Integral Leadership Review, October 2012.
Working together requires us to manage our individual, human differences, which is never easy. In any given group or team, there should naturally exist a diversity of backgrounds, genders, ages, nationalities, intellects, talents—as well as weaknesses. When we frame the dialogue in terms of values, instead of differences in culture, ethnicity and gender, the dialogue begins to take place in a different way. Published in Bridge Builder B-B#10, Autumn 2014, p. 40.
Digital technology and information present both challenges and opportunities for leaders, whose values based styles tend toward stability or dynamism. In this paper we show how the lens of values clarifies how leaders respond to the digital age. First published as: “Values and Leadership in the Digital Age” by Cheryl De Ciantis and Kenton Hyatt. Cahiers de Prospective: Transformation numérique et nouveaux modes de management, Fondation Télécom, Institut Télécom, Carine Dartiguepeyrou, ed. May 2011.