An Exercise in Personal and Team Discovery

There’s value in better team performance

Understanding the business value of values.

Exploring personal values is more than inner discovery and understanding what makes people tick. In a world that’s in a constant state of flux, values are what remain steadfast and true. They’re the driving force behind personal action and a beacon of focus in turbulent times. Successful organizations recognize the business case for value clarity, and they know that connecting personal values to organizational strategy is the vital link to employee engagement, commitment, a healthy culture—and a competitive advantage.

Based on more than 20 years of experiential research, authors Dr. Cynthia Scott and Dr. Dennis Jaffe developed The Values Edge System: An Exercise in Personal and Team Discovery, a powerful training tool that clarifies personal values, enhances relationships, strengthens team performance, renews organizational culture, and inspires innovation. It makes making sense of values simple by putting them on the table, literally.

The Values Edge System is an excellent catalyst for gaining personal insight, coaching individuals, sparking employee engagement, improving teamwork, and aligning culture. Use it with anyone in your organization, from frontline employees to executive management team members—and everyone in between.

Here’s what the system will do for your organization

  •      Establish a common organizational language
  •      Inspire innovation and performance
  •      Improve the results of one-on-one coaching
  •      Build a career development plan
  •      Transform organizational culture
  •      Uncover cultural and strategic differences

How It Works
Personal and team discovery sessions simply and effectively bring values to the surface. Participants create a hierarchy of their individual value system using pyramid tents, stickers, and cards that represent both intrinsic and instrumental values. What makes these exercises so powerful is that in addition to “seeing” what drives their own actions, individuals get a clear picture of how  their values compare to their peers, teams—and even the organization as a whole. 

What to Order
The Complete Kit includes materials to train up to five people at one time. For larger groups, order one extra card deck and one participant refill set per person. The card decks are reusable and all other parts are available for individual purchase.

Product Type

Training Exercise

To clarify values and develop actions to improve performance

Time Required

1.5 – 2 hours (per exercise) 

About the Authors

Cynthia Scott, PhD, MPH
A founding principal of Changeworks Global, Dr. Cynthia Scott is a subject matter expert with over 20 years of experience in the fields of strategic planning for human capital management, managing continual organizational change, and visionary leadership. She is the author of numerous books, including Rekindling Commitment and Take This Work and Love It!, and her work has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street JournalBusiness Week, and Worthwhile Magazine.

Dennis Jaffe, PhD

A nationally recognized leader in the field of organizational development, Dr. Dennis Jaffe is a founding principal of Changeworks Global and director of the Organizational Inquiry Program at Saybrook Graduate School. He earned his PhD in sociology and MA in management from Yale University. He is also a licensed clinical psychologist and the author of more than 20 books, including Rekindling Commitment and Organizational Vision, Values, and Mission.