The ValuesJam card game is inspired by jamming in music (where musicians come together spontaneously and play without rehearsal) because many of the same characteristics are shared: when we play ValuesJam we find ourselves deeply present, connected and trusting, being curious and experimental without judging, giving our fellow ValuesJammers space and respect – in other words we find a unique new rhythm and magical, unpredictable results happen as we create something unique together which can never be repeated.
We care deeply about harmony. Harmony in this context is inspired by musical harmony. The strongest musical harmonies are made from different voices and tones coming together as a perfect blend to create something very strong and powerful.
The ValuesJam Team
Hi, we are Alan Williams and Lisa Birtles, creators of the playful ValuesJam card game and on a mission to create harmony all over the world by inspiring one million values-led conversations with our ValuesJammer community and ValuesJam decks.
Here’s a bit about us, our values, professional and personal lives. The ValuesJam project has played to our values strongly from the beginning when we decided to collaborate to create a playful card game to inspire values-led conversation. We formed the band, ValuesJam Ltd in May 2021 and the official release date of the ValuesJam card game is on 1 October 2021 to welcome the month of World Values Day celebrations.
We’re using bitmojis rather than the usual head-shots because we think these are a bit more fun. They also represent the virtual & digital nature of our collaboration because we haven’t actually met in person yet, but we are looking forward to celebrating the release of ValuesJam when we can.
If you want to check out our more corporate profiles please head over to LinkedIn!
Alan Williams Co-Founder,
Hi, I’m Alan Williams
My core values are:
- Excellence – Doing things so well that people take personal pride in their involvement, and it receives admiration from others
- Creation – Fresh thinking and relationships to create value
- Enjoyment – Remembering how privileged I am do be doing whatever it is
- Fairness – Open, honest, doing what you say and finding a win-win
- Adaptability – Agile adjustment to changing circumstances
I became interested in values back in 2002 when I was looking to help organisations close the gap between what they said they stood for and how they behaved in practice. The outcome was my award winning 31Practices approach and toolkit followed by 3 further books (my equivalent of albums)! My signature tune is that “Values are for living not laminating”.
Since then I have worked with progressive leaders in 34 different countries to help them deliver values driven service for sustained performance, founded the not-for-profit UK & Global Values Alliances, and helped to create and grow the World Values Day movement. It’s been quite a tour!
I’ve come to realise that a strong sense of values has been with me all along since an early age: from being distraught when a teacher did not believe what I said (Fairness) to producing a highly detailed weather chart at Scouts (Excellence).
Values have been guiding my personal and professional choices ever since.
Music has been an important part of my life since being introduced to artists legends such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie and others as a teenager.
Since then I have enjoyed many live gigs and Red Hot Chill Peppers, Kasabian, Muse, Rolling Stones, David Bowie make it into my top 5. I was even at the last free Glastonbury festival when there were only a few hundred people there!
I live in southeast London, have four wonderful grown up children and a grandson. I enjoy photography, watching sport, especially Manchester United, travelling to experience different cultures and good food and wine. Oh, and unlike my bitmoji, I never wear sunglasses!
Lisa Birtles Co-Founder,
Hi! I‘m Lisa Birtles
My core values are:
- Harmony – I look for the common ground that allows us to celebrate our differences
- Trust – I’ve got your back and I will keep my promises.
- Respect – I treat people as they’d like to be treated
- Openness – I am willing to share and have an open mind
- Learning – I am so curious and love to explore
- Fun – work doesn’t have to be serious. Let’s find opportunities to laugh and smile
I didn’t have any idea how values-driven I was until much to the dismay of my husband I made a couple of very bold and seemingly impulsive decisions regarding my career. In other words, I walked out of not one but two well paid corporate jobs without another one to go to!
Fast forward to the present day when I now know that values were and always have been at play in my decision making. This is why I now enjoy coaching and mentoring others to discover and live their core values every day whether I am doing my day job in corporate consulting or working with one of the three charities where I volunteer as a non-executive director.
I passionately believe that all people have the right to be respected and to discover their purpose, strengths and potential no matter what.
I love my family and friends, food, fresh air, good books and Netflix.
I have always loved music since I got my first record player aged 12 and if I am not at a gig at a small venue in my beloved Manchester I can often be found dancing in my kitchen with Alexa supplying the tunes. In my opinion, there’s not much that can’t be solved by great music: “When in doubt dance it out”.
My first gig was Orchestral Manoevres in the Dark at the Manchester Apollo and my most recent gig was Hacienda Classical at the Castlefield bowl! There have been many more in between and a big highlight was seeing INXS live in Paris!
I haven’t published any books – yet! I’ve written many inside my head but none have made it to the page so far.
I live just outside Manchester with my husband, two amazing teenage sons and mischievous cats.