I just received a set of “values cards” related to the Leadership Challenge Workshop of Kouzes and Posner. I was hoping to find a resource I could recommend to Stoos colleagues.
As I looked at them, I realised there was one missing. Oh, and another one… hmm, I thought, I had better do a cross check. I looked up the Scrum Values, the XP Values and a list I compiled from various sources last year, in a virtual Stoos workgroup on Values.
Uh oh. There were a lot of important concepts missing! I want to offer this resource to clients and colleagues, so it needs to reflect the values I hear in those circles. I added one value after another, stopping when the original deck of 50 extended toward 100. Look what was missing there:
MEANING / PURPOSE
COMMUNITY / FELLOWSHIP
PEACE / SERENITY
CHANGE / VARIETY
I see a couple of patterns here:
- things once assumed about work, that have now become one option among many: for example: FINANCIAL GAIN was so obious, it need not be stated. Now it is now part of a menu of motivators that may also include COMMON GOOD, INFLUENCE, POWER, and VALUE CREATION, among others
- a number of them were missing because they “went without saying”, in the traditional world of leaders who thought and workers who executed – they were assumed attributes of leadership, like: ETHICAL PRACTICE, KNOWLEDGE, PURPOSE. (Uh, yeah. Like at Enron?) These days, to keep up with the pace of change, we need everyone to be a leader, making good decisions in-the-moment, and it is worth talking together about these things and what they mean in the context of different roles in business.
- things once considered “personal matters,” not talked about in the workplace, have now openly become big motivators for teams and whole organisations: things like FELLOWSHIP, JOY, NATURE, HEALTH and FORGIVENESS – and even FUN!
What patterns do you notice? What else do you think might belong here? (you don’t know what was on the original cards… but contribute your most important value, if you like!)
Here is are my own cut-and-print values cards (pdf), along with a suggested exercise to use them, to get to your own resonant values list :-)
Or: buy it as a deck of cards, with instructions online. (takes a few weeks to arrive, tho.)
Late addition: thanks to Carrie, Thomas and Steve for your observations. I incorporated them!