True North

Finding Your True North

Finding Your True North

I’ll put this simply: Values matter.

They aren’t just fluffy, feel-good stuff. Our personal values matter in all aspects of our lives, but especially as we navigate our careers.

Your personal values can supercharge your career growth. They are the constant source from which you’ll always be able to create and revive your goals. How do you make small and big decisions at work? How do you measure results? How do you navigate conflict? When you can clearly understand and define your “true north”—your individual set of values—your leadership and personal fulfillment will evolve.

I’ve recently given a webinar on this topic (info & slides below). I’m currently developing a worksheet that will help you uncover and define your values. I’ll continue to update this page with more resources on defining your true north.

My true north:

  • Act with integrity
  • Engage in curious empathy
  • Innovate through the adjacent possible
  • Extend invitations
  • Celebrate enthusiastically

Did you attend the Leeds Alumni Webinar (January 2018)? View the slides here.

Didn’t attend the webinar, but want to see a replay? Watch webinar recording here.

In this webinar, you’ll learn…

  • Why this isn’t fluff – what the social science research says
  • Practical tools for identifying and establishing your values
  • How your true north will help you get unstuck, lead with influence, and find meaning in your work

Values Word Bank


Reviewing Your Values

Dear FutureMe template (feel free to copy & paste!)

Dear FutureMe,

My values, as I define them today, are….

(include your list of values)

On a scale of 1-10, how am I living each of my values?

In the time since I originally wrote this letter, have my values evolved? Do I need to revise, refine, or better define any of them?

What has surprised me about living my values?

Monthly & annual review templates – for overall (work & personal) monthly/annual reviews – your values could be incorporated into these.

Applying Your Values at Work

Blueprint of We  – The blank template is sold for a one-time fee. However, there are free resources on this website that provide the philosophy behind the Blueprint; you can create the template yourself. 

Personality / Strengths Tests

16 Personalities – Free

CliftonStrengths – $19.99 or $9.99 with qualified academic email address (e.g., If you’re a CU alum, you can check out the CU Boulder CliftonStrengths resource page.

Big 5 – Free

Useful Reading

Article – These 13 Exercises Will Prepare You for Work’s Toughest Situations on First Round Review

Article – Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life Might Just Help You Live a More Fulfilling Life by Thomas Oppong

Books – Start With Why and Find Your Why by Simon Sinek

Book – The Crossroads of Should and Must: Find and Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna

Book – The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry

Book – The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials intro Triumph by Ryan Holiday