by Juliet Hancock

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Alchemy topics

Goal Setting

Contains a useful values exercise to help you identify your core values


Values and beliefs play a pivotal role in motivation, which is an essential part of the managerial/leadership role.

Personal Brand

Your personal brand is how others see you at work. In this topic you will learn how this should link with your values.

Organisation Development

Organisation Development is a system-wide and values-based collaborative process of applying behavioural science knowledge to the adaptive development, improvement and reinforcement of such organisational features as the strategies, structures, processes, people and cultures that lead to organisation effectiveness.


Liberating the corporate soul: Building a visionary organization

Richard Barrett, Routledge, October 1998, 248 pages

This is Barrett’s seminal work, introducing his concept of the ‘Seven Levels of Values’ and the ‘Cultural Transformation Tools’, which are widely used around the world to measure organisational and national cultures.

The values driven organization: Unleashing human potential for performance and profit

Richard Barrett, Routledge, July 2013, 280 pages

This is Barrett’s updated work on organisational values and the management of effective culture change.

Trust Inc: Strategies for building your company’s most valuable asset

Barbara Brooks Kimmel, Next Decatd Inc, November 2013, 300 pages

More than 30 leading experts share their insights on the impact of trust on business success in this handbook on organisational trust.

Man’s search for meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust

Viktor E Frankl, Rider, May 2004, 160 pages

Auschwitz survivor Frankl believes that man’s deepest desire is to search for meaning and purpose.

Managing for stakeholders: Survival, reputation, and success

R Edward Freeman, Yale University Press, November 2007, 208 pages

This book addresses the question of how to create value for ALL stakeholders.

Giving voice to values: How to speak your mind when you know what’s right

Mary C Gentile, Yale University Press, March 2012, 320 pages

How can you effectively stand up for your values when pressured by your boss, customers or shareholders to do the opposite?

Start with why: How great leaders inspire everyone to take action

Simon Sinek, Portfolio Trade, December 2011, 256 pages

"People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it." Simon Sinek

Leaders eat last: Why some teams pull together and others don’t

Simon Sinek, Portfolio Hardcover, January 2014, 240 pages

As in Start with why, Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories, from the military to manufacturing, from government to investment banking. He shows that leaders who are willing to eat last are rewarded with deeply loyal colleagues, who will stop at nothing to advance their vision. It’s amazing how well it works.

Conscious Capitalism

Rajendra Sisodia and John Mackey, Harvard Business Review Press, January 2013, 368 pages

This is the definitive work on the theory and practice of conscious capitalism, including compelling evidence of its commercial effectiveness.

Firms of endearment

Rajendra Sisodia, David Wolfe and Jagdish Sheth, Pearson FT Press, February 2014, 320 pages

The writers argue that today’s greatest companies are fuelled by passion and purpose, not cash, and that they earn large profits by helping all their stakeholders thrive. The book offers tips and information on how to build a firm of endearment. Raj Sisodia has found that working cultures built on a foundation of love and care, rather than fear and stress, are much more likely to have higher levels of trust, both among employees and customers. A significantly revised second edition of the book was published earlier in 2015.

It’s not what you sell, it’s what you stand for

Roy M Spence Jr and Hayley Rushing, Portfolio, December 2011, 336 pages

Spence argues that purpose- and values-driven organisations, such as SouthWest Airlines, Wallmart and BMW, are hugely more successful than the average.

The happy manifesto: Make your organization a great workplace

Henry Stewart, Kogan Page, January 2013, 160 pages

Henry is the CEO of the Happy Company and has put into practice a series of management approaches that challenge the norm and aim to ‘make your people feel good now’. The Company has been rated by Business in the Community as the ‘Best for positive impact on Society’ of any small UK business. Here there are many case studies and examples of putting values into action set out in a practical but challenging way –

The 31 practices: release the power of your organization values every day

Alan Williams and Dr Alison Whybrow, LID Publishing, September 2013, 224 pages

This is a useful book about how to translate organizational values into practical employee behaviour.

Leading through values

Michael Henderson, Dougal Thompson and Shar Henderson, HarperCollins Publishers (New Zealand), February 2006

This offers managers and organisations a practical programme to implement values-based leadership in three significant ways: support your organisation to become a leader in its chosen market; link company culture to the business strategy more effectively, and understand and be aware of the values framework underlining and guiding specific leadership styles

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

Daniel H Pink, Canongate Books Ltd, January 2011, 256 pages

As Daniel H Pink explains in his paradigm-shattering book, Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world, drive is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and the world.


‘Profiting from values? What can housing associations learn from independent, values led businesses?’ Mark Lupton & Angela Lomax (Savills/Affinity Sutton)

Websites, UK Values Alliance, ‘Putting values at the heart of society

The UK Values Alliance is a collaborative group that is seeking to promote values in society. They formed as a result of the recent UK National Values Survey, which demonstrated a large gap between the personal values of UK residents and the values they see at a national level. They are a hub for individuals and organisations active or interested in the field of values. Their belief is that by acting together, we can make a bigger difference than we can by acting alone. Their stated purpose is to build a better UK society by helping individuals and organisations be more aware of, understand and live their values. The website provides information, resources and access to an open network of individuals and organisations who care about values in their work and society., Engage for Success

Engage for Success is a movement committed to the idea that there is a better way to work, a better way to enable personal growth, organisational growth and productivity for the UK. The website provides tools, resources and events linked to employee engagement., Barrett Values Centre

This website provides access to the Barrett Values assessment framework/questionnaire and a wealth of tools, resources and case studies to help you understand, implement and develop personal and organisation values., Minessence

This website provides access to the Minessence values assessment framework/questionnaire and resources/case studies for working with values., VIA Strengths Finder

VIA Character develops character strengths and signature strengths for individuals seeking personal growth. It includes a free questionnaire and other resources.

This is a trademarked tool which helps employees bring the brand of their organisation to life through their day-to-day behaviour. The process translates organisational values into practical behaviours so that everybody in an organisation can live these on a day-to-day basis. A network of licensed 31Practices Practitioners is being developed to promote the concept and deliver 31Practices projects around the world.

My 31 Practices is a personal development tool helping people to release the power of their personal values every day. The online application provides the daily discipline to behave in line with core values.

Great Place to Work® Institute is a global research, consulting and training firm. Their employee survey is the starting point for organisations committed to building a better workplace. Great Place to Work analysts precisely measure the underlying level of trust within your organisation, while making targeted recommendations on how to improve your workplace., Leader values

Leader values was founded in 1997 to provide students, researchers and practitioners with the best resources on leadership, innovation, organisation design, change, coaching, team-building and value systems. Everything we do is designed to help better achieve your leadership goals. This is one of the widest collections of free resources available on the web to browse and study., Simon Sinek – Start with Why (TED Talks)


You can also contact the author directly: Juliet Hancock