We each hold a unique set of Individual values, making us who we are. Values also cluster into general groupings that reflect archetypal human needs and concerns. We call these Perspectives. In order to be healthy, we all tend to have some values energy invested in each Perspective. But we also tend to have a greater relative percentage of our values ‘energy’ invested in a Core Perspective.
Core Perspective is where most of a person’s–or group’s or organization’s or culture’s–energy is focused most of the time. Each person understands her or his world through their Core Perspective, which can be thought of as a sort of “home base.” It characterizes how we make sense of our values and of the world at large. Our core perspective tends to stay relatively stable after we are adults. It can change depending on what happens to us in life. However, while our attention may sometimes quickly change from value to value, this is not the case with value perspectives, which tend to be more stable.
We are not limited to seeing the world through our favored Perspective, but it must be acknowledged that we all see the world in our own way, constituting a bias. This is natural. It is also important to gain awareness of our own bias and understand as well that other people also viewing the world from a Perspective bias. Awareness of our Core Perspective allows us to better understand how we make sense of the world through our values choices. It also allows us to step aside from natural bias when conditions require us to flex and be able to Reach across values Perspectives.
Here is a brief description of each of the Perspectives. Read these to see which you think most closely describes who you are. As you do, bear in mind that no Perspective is more valid or desirable than any other.
Naturally, when our Core focus is in one of the Perspectives, we will have some difficulty understanding the point of view of people who hold different Perspectives. What matters is “reach”–the ability to project our perceptions, feelings and actions into any of the Perspectives when appropriate. Our reach can be enhanced by paying attention, being sensitive to others, and seeking education and skills that help us to better understand, and value, other Perspectives.
For more information on the Values Perspectives, download the Values Perspectives white paper.
The Values Perspective survey can help you identify your basic core perspective, as well as your top priority values.