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UK Values Alliance

Going beyond core values and raising achievement levels We are living in an increasingly enlightened time when the understanding of the roles of teachers, parents and the power of values literacy, as an integral part of a school’s curriculum, are coalescing. The prospects are exciting. Children and young people need to be empowered with values […]

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Joy Rees

Having being one of the originators of the UK Values Alliance’s focus on resilience and failing last week to find any interesting articles to post, I felt I was being called to live out two of my values, creativity and integrity. I have three thoughts to share on resilience. Conscious Incompetence Words like ‘old ways […]

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Joy Rees

An interview was carried out by Bill George of the New York Times. Below are a series of questions and answers we have pulled together that are based on the interview. The article on which this is based is entitled “Changing China from the Bottom Up”, 23 September 2014. Are values relevant to institutions and […]

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Joy Rees

What motivated Old Mutual to start working with values? In 2010, post the Financial crisis, we articulated a new vision which was a customer-centric vision, putting the customer back into the centre of our reason for being as a financial services organisation. That caused us to revisit our values that had been around for probably […]

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Joy Rees

In January 2012 I had a stroke while exercising in the gym. As the symptoms progressed during my admission, it occurred to me that the whole experience was funny: a bit like being drunk – slurring speech and difficulty controlling walking. I woke up the next morning and found that my right side was paralysed […]

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Joy Rees

How have you developed values resilience so when you have faced a challenge to your values you have still lived them in your behaviour and speech? It is important that we engage with our values at every moment of our lives. By doing so, we integrate our inner spiritual life with outer actions. This enables […]

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Joy Rees

We all experience times of ease and times of hardship. Our initial preference is always for the moments of life that feel immediately wonderful. But moments of hardship offer a path of building resilience if we can learn to embrace them, as opposed to resist them. It is the ability to recover and grow stronger […]

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Joy Rees

We all want to live true to our values, to be happy, and have our dreams fulfilled. Yet, when you look around you, many people live joyless lives that are not in alignment with their values. Perhaps this is because life is not easy – it’s often difficult. It’s only when we truly understand and […]

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Joy Rees

It takes time to name our values, yet this is just the first step. Living our values takes conscious work. Being true to them in our behaviour when a challenge comes is not always easy and needs resilience. We would like to hear stories of your resilience when your values have been challenged. How have […]