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value assessment

A personal introduction to Value Assessment by the author of Business Management by Portfolio, contributing author of Contemporary Management Principles and creator of this value assessment, Louis Botha.

Louis Botha

Managing Director of Davis & Dean

Over the years I have trained many prospective and seasoned leaders as well as managers in project management. I have always encouraged the trainees to position themselves to learn leadership, management and teamwork skills. These skills are all learnable skills that anyone can master by practicing them until they become a habit.

In our discussions about inspiring leadership it became evident that:

  • We all have our own role models who we strive to emulate
  • We follow leaders who appeal to us
  • These leaders bring out the best in us without them even trying
  • We find ourselves motivated by their Vision and the course they set for themselves. (For example: It is easy to relate this to our school days where we did our best work effortlessly, in the classes of the teachers we liked and maybe without realizing it, continued doing so in our careers)

What exactly do we look for in leaders and what makes us follow these leaders?
Observing leaders over many years I’ve come to realize that it is easy to follow and learn from:

  • People we like
  • People with values and principles we can relate to
  • People with a Vision of a possible future that holds potential and promise for us

WHERE DO VALUES FIT IN?

During business and strategic planning sessions, organizations adopt values during the formulation of a value statement. These values are publicly voiced in their company motto, yet seldom brought alive in their actual working environments.

Why is a Value Assesment important?

  • Values proposed by individuals in an organization are aligned to a business model
  • Such values are not necessarily in sync with the core values of each individual at various business touchpoints
  • What is the impact of this on the ground? This results in a “disconnect”; or non-adherence to values on the ground. (For example: Organization, after specifying its values expects value-aligned performance. In reality actual on-the-ground behavior and performance is often un-aligned and a hit-and-miss or a misunderstanding of and/or misapplication of the values)
  • An employee cannot align himself to values that are not intrinsically and congruently his own values too
  • Does this affect the short, medium and long-term performance of our Organizations? Yes, absolutely!

What are these Values and how does this make us different?

  • Values are principles and beliefs that we deem to be of personal importance. These values are uniquely individual
  • These values influence our behavior or attitude towards something or someone and even our way of life
  • Every person has a set of core values that has taken shape through life experiences, influenced by parents, family, peers, teachers, religion and the society we live in. Therefore, by the time a person enters into an Organization, these values have already been influenced and shaped to lesser or more degrees by his environment, his life-road, experience, sufferings and goals
  • The values we embrace as leaders and management influence the attitude and behavior of the people who work with us. To this view, it is interesting to note the difference between an engineer and an accountant. The engineer will drive technology and precision whereas the accountant will be profit driven. These values will then be reflected in the culture of their organizations.

We use the Value Assessment Tool to:

  • Identify own values
  • Identify the values of Colleagues and Team members
  • Identify values of the Organization as a whole
  • Knowledge leads to understanding. This understanding brings authenticity, realness, insight, tolerance and respect into working relationships. This helps to build bridges on common ground to align everyone toward organizational Vision
  • Explain the import and “on-the-ground” significance of organizational values on attitude and performance towards colleagues, tasks and customers
  • and many other benefits

On a personal note

At the age of 35, a chain of events sent me on a course of self-awareness, personal development and self-actualization resulting in a conscious decision to lose my ego.

I learnt that the world is not always right and that I too, am not always right, and that we have a need for each other. The result being, that today I am comfortable with myself and live in harmony with the world. Having achieved balance, belonging and a sense of calm, I felt a deep-seated need to make a positive difference to the world.

People are the greatest assets and the heart of every organization. After much thought, I developed a process to help people to identify their core values.

My core values are: Making a difference, humility and integrity.

To achieve a better understanding of your personal values, to discover, through a set of questions and choices, what your core values are requires an investment of only R599. To request an assessment simply follow the link below.

I would also like to take this opportunity to assure you that the discoveries you make through this process are strictly confidential and will not be shared with anybody, except the intended recipient.