The concept with the Values Day is to establish a yearly recurring day where we put emphasis on personal values in a leadership and sustainability context. We are currently running this project at the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and we are hoping to create sustainability by providing students and alumni with simple tools which enable them to identify their core values and how they can use them both in their personal and professional lives. The reach of the Values Day is freshman students to seasoned CEO's.
The capacity for this years Values Day is 150 participants
In Sweden the interest for the topic dates back more than a decade. However, this initiative owes its thanks to the SelfLeaders crew who arranged a pilot of The Values Day in 2011. It is now being taken to another level by being hosted on a university campus.
The Values Day is a student-driven project that is being hosted at the Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden).
Insight into one's core values, how they arise and their significance in a one's life is fruitful for any and all. Despite this, the topic is seldom broached at workplaces and in organizations.
At the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH Stockholm) students make big life commitments by dedicating themselves to studying different engineering degrees, yet the topic of values(what they feel is meaningful) is never brought up.
Economic growth and increased shareholder value are not motivating goals. They cannot legitimize the existence of a company, yet they are the ultimate goals of many companies. This ultimately leads to externalities for which noone will claim responsibility but that can damage future generations' opportunities of leading the same life we live.
The Values Day offers experience-orientated workshops on the topic of values and their ties to leadership.
Renowned leadership coaches and organization leaders were invited to host workshops and share their personal experiences in leading value-based change within their organizations.
Our aim is to inspire and to create awareness on the topic of values. We hope that knowledge of values, their implications and applications, will lead to a sustainable capitalism.
Knowing of one's own values is knowing about one's own priorities and wants. If this thinking would be put into mass-practice it could radically change the way companies and consumers reason concerning capitalism and its place in society.
Knowledge of values and how they affect people can revolutionize the way we think about management, leadership and motivation. If people have values that they strive for, all that is left to do is to align their tasks to that same strive and productivity will ensue.
The SelfLeaders Team:
Dominic Von Martens
Dick Von Martens
The photos are of the building where The Values Day will be held the 22nd September 2012. The Photos were taken by Axel Hammarbäck.