Are We Paying Enough Attention To Our Values

How many of us have ever taken the time, or the trouble, to clearly define our personal, core values – those that shape and influence our day-to-day thoughts, feelings, choices and behaviours, and therefore our lives as a whole?

Not many, I would think. It isn’t something that people typically do without specific prompts or reasons. And yet most of us would agree that our values, or value systems, ultimately determine how we live our lives, who we become, and the impact we have on other peoples’ lives.

Shouldn’t we, therefore, be paying greater attention to our values – defining, refining, and revising them as our life journeys unfold? And if we decide to do so, how should we go about it?

The natural place to start is to be clear about what we mean by ‘values’. There are as many takes on the meaning of values as there are different worldviews in society, but I love this quote by Mahatma Gandhi, because it puts it both simply and profoundly:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts;
Your thoughts become your words;
Your words become your actions;
Your actions become your habits;
Your habits become your values;
Your values become your destiny.”

So how do we define our personal values?

There is no single answer to this question. Amongst many tools offered by experts across the world is the Demartini Value Determination process by human behavioural specialist, Dr John Demartini. It is presented as a multi-step process where you answer a series of questions and refine your answers until your hierarchy of needs emerges with growing clarity. My experience of the tool is that it helps you to pause and take a close and critical look at how you are living your life, and it shows you how far or how close you are from your best or ideal life.

So the values are defined, what then?

Well, what follows next isn’t as easy as all that, and that is LIVING YOUR VALUES.  Altering your life to get it to be in sync with your core values, your true self. Adjusting it to whatever extent may be necessary, even a complete transformation, to align to your values.

And how that can be achieved is a topic for another day.

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What If You Could Transform Your Life

What If You Could Transform Your Life.  What would you do?

How would you do it? And where would you begin?

These are just a few of the many questions that people ask themselves when they think about transforming their lives. They also ask the question, “Can I do it? Do I have what it takes?” And the answer – based on sound research, and countless personal accounts from across the world – is a very definite “Yes!”

There is a catch though, and anyone thinking of embarking on a personal transformation journey should be warned: it is not a walk in the park. It takes conviction, unwavering commitment, and an unquestionable, burning desire to live a very different life. It also requires an understanding of what ‘Transformation’ is and isn’t, and most importantly, how it differs from ‘Change’.

Firstly, Change can change back – it can be temporary; it can be reversed. Transformation, however, is more permanent; once it is complete, it cannot be easily undone.

Secondly, Change is inevitable – it occurs constantly in our lives, whether we want it to or not. Transformation, on the other hand, is not always a part or an outcome of change; it is a conscious decision and effort to create something new and greater than what was before.

Thirdly, a Change process can be managed through relatively simple and pre-determined measures towards a clear destination. In a Transformation process, the future state is unknown, unpredictable.  It emerges through trial and error, with many uncertainties and detours along the way.

So, do you have what it takes to take on the challenge of personal transformation? Armed with some understanding of what you are in for, and a good dose of determination to get it right, you should do well in your journey. And it will definitely be worth your while, as urged by global activist and author Lynne Twist in a speech at a graduation ceremony,

“Transformation never makes the past wrong. It transforms it. It doesn’t deny it. It honors it in a way that you can move forward without making anything wrong, and having the past somehow now become complete, rather than wrong …once you transform, once you awaken, once you see the stations you didn’t see before, you can’t go back …what the world is crying for now is transformation, not necessarily more change, though some change may be a part of it, the route to transformation. (Transformation) makes the past make sense, and new futures open up.” (Source: nsansa.org)

Why We Need Each Other

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walk

I try, try, try and fail. Only then will I learn and improve the way to do things.

I go, go, go and trip. I stand up, brush off my knees, look back at what I tripped over so I know what to look out for in the future. Now I don’t have to trip over those things again.

I run faster and faster and faster, then miss my turn and have to go back and try again. But now I know what signs to look for to keep me moving in right direction.

I go alone, alone, alone until I find someone on the same path and we decide to run together. I share all my falls, trips and missed turns so they can benefit from my effort. They tell me about all their falls, trips and missed opportunities so I can learn from their experiences.

Then together, we…

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LMS Innovation: One Simple Question

Embracing the New World of Learning and the New World of Work

Learning In The Cloud

By Ramesh Ramani, Founder and CEO, Expertus

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

–Leonardo da Vinci

500 years have passed since da Vinci, one of the world’s greatest visionaries, blended art and science in radical new ways. Yet even now, the rush toward sophisticated simplicity continues.

Case in point: today’s enterprise learning platform providers. In a spate of recent announcements, we hear that numerous vendors are revolutionizing their user experience.

This transformational wave is just beginning to unfold. What it means for learning organizations remains to be seen. However, I can’t help wondering:  How can any platform vendor achieve true transformation by building upon legacy thinking and engineering? It’s a question that deserves closer attention.

Consumerization: The Next Big Thing

The motivation for this new “user first” imperative seems clear. It’s about the consumerization of information technology in the enterprise. As digital business expert, Aaron Shapiro

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