Edward de Bono of www.thinkingmanagers.com describes a new framework for focusing on values.
Evaluation of Values
The purpose of thinking is to enjoy and to deliver our values. But what are those values?
There is almost as much lip service paid to values as there is paid to creativity and innovation. Because these things are important they are discussed but it is too much trouble to act on them, and being seen to consider all values is what matters.
Values are vague and not always well defined. We know what they are and can recognise them but seeking them out is not easy because they are not concrete.
If a person who is born blind suddenly gets the use of their eyes back, then it takes quite a while for that person to see things. The brain needs to adjust to recognising shapes and forms. It is the same with values: unless we have a clear picture of the different values, it is hard to see them.
But it is not enough to see values – we also need to talk about them and compare the different values in alternative courses of action. The new framework of the Six Value Medals gives us a means for focusing on values and talking about them.
One of the advantages of using such a perceptual framework is that it becomes possible to lay out the values in a ‘value map’, meaning comparative values may be seen at a glance. We can focus more clearly on the various values and see where they are strong and where they are weak or even negative.
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