USING YOUR VALUES TO FIND PURPOSE AND MEANING
Values Assessment Tool
Put simply, values are those things that are most important to us in life. We all have values regardless of how aware we are of them. They guide our reactions to events and people as well as our behaviour and often levels of enjoyment. In my own experience, as father time has ticked on, certain values seem to have become stronger guiding forces.
With careers, difficulties arise when we find ourselves in jobs that have poor alignment to our strongest values. What often happens is that we find ways of fulfilling those values by focussing on certain activities over others. But this short term solution is not sustainable. Over time if we continue with this poor alignment then we will struggle to gain a lasting sense of meaning and purpose at work.
This situation is made worse by the fact that the majority of organisations are very poor at helping their employees find a sense of meaning and purpose. Often simple activities such as including more people in decision making and increasing customer awareness for all employees are not performed.
The results are large numbers of people who struggle with a sense of purpose at work, with knock on impacts to motivation, performance and engagement.
The first step is to become familiar with your core values. This powerful experience can often be a moment of clarity for people as they realise that their work and life are completely out of alignment with their core values. As you start to become more aware of your values, how they make you feel and why they make you feel that way, you start to open yourself up to possibilities of creating a life and career that has more meaning and purpose.
The VALUES ASSESSMENT TOOL from iandboreham.com is an excellent starting point to help you get to know your core values and start using them to your advantage in work and life. The tool allows you to score yourself on over 50 different universally accepted values and then run the report to see your core top 5 values as well as your full values profile.
Once you know your top values you are able to use them as part of the wider career assessment process. The Role Mapping tool allows you to assess the alignment of your current role to your values, strengths and preferences. This is a great way to understand those activities that are more suited to you.
Values also play a big role in selecting an industry and company that will lead to long term success and happiness. Be sure to download your copy of Why Your Boss Can’t Help You to get the most out of your values.
Take the VALUES ASSESSMENT today and start finding out what is driving your life!!