ValuesJam Fanzine Edition 21

ValuesJam- Happiness

Value of the month:


Independence Day

The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2023 is on Tuesday, July 4, 2023.

History of the Fourth of July – Brief History, Early Celebrations & Traditions

Check out this great track by the Boss, Bruce Springstein 


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ValuesJam The Guest Sessions Series 2023

ValuesJam have created a FREE VALUES Bring Us Together guide for World Values Day which can be downloaded below.

We already distribute from Australia, UK and USA  Please be in touch if you know somebody who might be interested to set up a ValuesJam studio and distribution arrangement in other parts of the world eg EU, India, Far East etc

Please do let us know what is your favourite session so far.

Latest publications on the ValuesJam YouTube channel: ValuesJam

– ValuesJam The Guest Session Series in June

Liz Murphy

Children in Freedom School

Stephen Frost

Anne Michelle Wand

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ValuesJammer Call To Action

Answer this 30 second poll to share which values you think are most in play to bring us together.  What are your top three suggestions? 

For World Values Day, we are planning a ValuesJamathon from 1-31 October.  Each day  a ValuesJammer will post live on LinkedIn to draw a ValuesJam card at random and ask a question to invite conversation. We need 31 ValuesJammers taking one day each to post at 1900 GMT.  First come first served!  If you snooze you lose.  

Date for the diary:

Please join us at the next ValuesJam Deepdive conversation into the topic of Welfare at 1700 BST Thursday 17th August.  This is in recognition of World Humanitarian Day on 19th August which honours humanitarian aid workers all over the world.

You can register at WELFARE VALUESJAM DEEPDIVE CONVERSATION Tickets, Thu 17 Aug 2023 at 17:00 | Eventbrite

Values Jammer in the Spotlight

Kimberly Wiefling

Who are you?

I’m “Scrappy Kimberly”, a force of nature (the GOOD kind!), the cofounder of Silicon Valley Alliances, founder of Wiefling Consulting, and the author of Scrappy Project Management. My work enables managers to become leaders and groups of people to become true teams, who can achieve TOGETHER what would be impossible to achieve alone. I have helped companies from startups to the Global 1000 to fix problems that have been proven to damage or destroy organizations. My passion is to help overcome the global pandemic of dysfunctional organizations and disengaged employees. My approach to transformational change is something I call workSHOCK therapy. Our “Learning Labs” are highly engaging experiential programs that support real and meaningful positive change.

 What are your core values? 

HOPE! Without hope, nothing else matters.






 Why did you join the ValuesJam community?

 Shared values are vital to effective teamwork and healthy organizations. I strongly believe that it’s crucial that teams take the time to share their individual values, and then co-create shared team values. And these values must be “operationalized” so that it is very clear what behaviors and language are aligned with those values and which are not. Furthermore, teams must agree IN ADVANCE on how they will deal with situations where they violate these values, and how they will get back on track. 

How are you using your ValuesJam card decks? 

We use various exercises to support achieving this, including the ValuesJam card decks. People select their top personal values, then they compare them with the values of other teams members. Then together they create their shared team values. Finally they “operationalize” these values so they know exactly what’s they expect of each other, and how to hold each other accountable and get back on track when values are violated.

Fave rock n roll moment of magic from a ValuesJam session?

Seeing “FUN” chosen as a top 5 shared team value!

How could more Leadership improve the world?

The most common causes of failure in global teams are completely predictable and almost entirely avoidable. One MIT Sloan research project found that over 80% of teams failed to achieve their goals, identified these top causes as:

Failure to build trust

Ineffective communication, problem-solving & decision-making approaches

Lack of clear, shared goals

Lack of alignment between individual and team goals 

Look at this list! This is ENTIRELY a failure of LEADERSHIP!

 Look, 80% failure rate for predictable and avoidable causes is simply unacceptable. And the Gallup research on Employee Engagement has shown for decades that there is a global pandemic of disengaged, or marginally engaged, employees. 

 More effective leadership will dramatically increase the ability of individuals, teams and organizations to achieve their goals in healthy and effective ways.

 If you want to drive a car, you need to take a test and get a license. But currently it’s possible for someone who doesn’t know anything about the decades of research about the practices of effective leadership to manage a team, founder of a startup, or an executive in a company. 

 I live in Silicon Valley, California. We call failure “prototypes” here! But when we do fail, I want it to be for new and more exciting reasons, not for completely predictable and avoidable causes. 

How can we find out more about your work?

 +1 650 867 0847

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