Determine Your Personal Values

Research has shown that being in touch with your personal values contribute significantly to motivation.

It is very difficult to stay motivated for a job that is either contrary to, or not an expression of ones values.

In fact, clarity of personal values has been shown to be more significant in determining organizational commitment than clarity of organizational values.

It is also important to determine your values before you embark on any goal setting exercise with your team.

An Overview Of This Exercise

To maximize the value and fun of doing this exercise, you will need some private workspace where you can layout a series of cards. A tabletop or some space on the floor will do just fine.

  • To begin the exercise, you will need to cut up the values cards. You would need 5 heading cards and 39 value cards.
  • Lay out the heading cards from left to right in the following sequence: Always valued, often valued, sometimes valued, seldom valued, and never valued.
  • Read each value and place it under the heading that fits the best. Remember that not all values can be equally important. If everything is important, then nothing is important.
  • YOU MAY ONLY PLACE AS MANY VALUES IN EACH CATEGORY AS INDICATED. (5-Allways valued, 8- often valued, 13-sometimes, 8- seldom and 5-never valued)
  • Once you have distributed the values under each heading, then place them in priority order and list them on the Personal Values Sheet.

Heading Cards

Always Valued

Often Valued

Sometimes Valued

Seldom Valued

Never valued


Personal Values Cards

Job Tranquility
Avoid pressure & “the rat race” in job role & work setting
Engage in activities which pit my abilities against others
Have work duties, which involve frequent risk taking
Be assured of keeping my job and a reasonable financial award
Power & Authority
Control the work activities or (partially) the destinies of others
Work alone
Do projects by myself without any amount of contact with others
Help others
Be involved in helping people directly, either individually or in small groups
Physical challenge
Have a job that requires bodily strength, speed or agility
Work relationships
Have close working relationships with groups; work as a team to common goals
Change and Variety
Have work responsibilities frequently changed in content and setting
Precision work
Deal with tasks that have exact specifications, which require careful, accurate attention to detail
Find a place to live (town, geographical area) conducive to my lifestyle, a desirable home base for my leisure, learning and work life
High earnings anticipated
Be able to purchase essentials and the luxuries I wish
Artistic creativity
Engage in creative work in any of several art forms
Be recognized as a member of a particular organization
Engage myself in pursuit of knowledge, truth and understanding
Make decisions
Have the power to decide the courses of action, policies, etc. – a judgment job
Be able to get ahead rapidly, gaining opportunities for growth and seniority from work well done
Influence people
Be in a position to change attitudes or opinions of other people
Develop close personal relationships with people as a result of work activity
Help society
Do something to contribute to betterment of the world
Moral Fulfillment
Feel that my work is contributing to ideals that I feel is very important
Experience a high degree of stimulation or frequent novelty and drama on the job
Creativity (General)
Create new ideas, programs, organized structures or anything else not following format developed by others
Creative expression
Be able to express in writing and in person my ideas concerning my job and how I might improve it. Have opportunities for experimentation and innovation
Be able to determine nature of work without significant direction from others. Not have to follow instructions or conform to regulations
Impress or gain the respect of friends, family and community by the nature and/or level of responsibility of my work
Intellectual status
Be regarded as very well informed and a strong theorist. Acknowledged as an expert in a given field
Exercise competence
Demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in job skills and knowledge; show above average effectiveness
Fast pace
Work in circumstances where there is high pace activity and work done rapidly
Work on the leading edge of knowledge
Work in research and development, generating information and new ideas in the academic, scientific, or business communities
Work under pressure
Work in time-pressured circumstances, where there is little or no margin for error, or with demanding personal relationships
Live in a place where I can meet my neighbors and become active in local politics or service projects
Have a job in which I am directly responsible for the work done by others
Be involved in studying or appreciating the beauty of things, ideas, etc.
Public contact
Have a lot of day-to-day contact with people
Wealth accumulation
Have a strong likelihood of accumulating large amounts of money or other material gain through ownership, profit sharing, commissions, merit pay increase and the like
Time freedom
Have responsibilities I can work at according to my own time schedule. No specific working hours requires
Have a work routine and job duties that are largely predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time

The Personal Values Sheet

After placing each personal values card under the appropriate heading, place them in priority order. List them on this sheet below.

Service Sellers

Remember, you may only have as many values under each heading as there are numbers.

Always valued

Often Valued

Sometimes Valued

Seldom Valued

Never Valued

How To Use These Values

Your personal values are your deepest driving force. If your life and your work are not in line with your values, you simply will not be motivated. The same goes for your employees.

Ask the following question after you have done this exercise:

  • Did any of my personal values surprise me?
  • Was the process easy or difficult?
  • As I look at my life, especially my work life, is there any congruence between what I say my values are and the structure, focus and content of my current job?

    If not, what changes would I want to make.

Do this activity with your employees. It will help them understand one another better. If you decide to do this as a team, let them share their values with one another.

Let them compare the “always valued” and "never valued” lists. See if you can notice the differences and similarities.

Let them give each other feedback. Remember there are no “better” values. Ask them not to judge each other.

If you understand the personal values of each employee, it will be so much easier to know what makes them “tick”

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