The method leads to agreement around a set of basic values, with an interpretation that is generally accepted, and clarity about individual and common borders.
Each selected value, or ‘virtue’, is examined to clarify boundaries. For instance, when do ‘loyalty’ or ‘straight talking’ become negative? When do their opposites become desirable? This process can quickly de-fuse a conflicted situation, enable and enhance empathy and alignment, and forge a more effective team.
A common understanding of each others’ values, and even consensus about shared values, are often put forward as a vital basis for team-building and alignment of purpose. However communication about values is often ambiguous. For instance, ‘honesty’ can be interpreted to mean stating your judgements of a team member with no reference to the necessity or appropriateness. To prevent or to handle disagreements and conflicts within a team, use Working with Values.