Magnet field and iron filingsDo you remember playing around with magnets and iron filings?

You place the iron filings on a piece of paper and then move the magnet under the paper. All the filings line up in the magnetic field. If you move the magnet, the filings move, keeping pace with the magnet which is invisible under the paper.

Values are like that. They are an invisible force within people that manifests as surface behaviour.

Most people don’t explore their own values. That is, they don’t explore the invisible forces that make them do what they do. That is strange, isn’t it.

If you want change in your life, consider your values.

For example, if someone has a value of ‘fairness’, what will that drive them to do?
If someone has a value of ‘security’, what will that drive them to do?

By the way, values can and do change, and their priority changes as people become aware of them and as they navigate through life’s experiences.

Here is a list of values. Which ones resonate with you, and what do those values drive you to do and therefore get the results you get?

My best wishes, Paul


By Paul Matthews – Speaker/Author/Expert on Informal Learning and Workforce Capability
Author of new book “Learning Transfer at Work: How to Ensure Training >> Performance
and bestsellers “Capability at Work: How to Solve the Performance Puzzle
and “Informal Learning at Work: How to Boost Performance in Tough Times
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