Your Values at Work and Beyond

Companies are human systems, not unemotional, inanimate objects. Therefore the attraction and retention of the right people in any business is crucial to its success. Finding the right person for the job is not just about skills and experience.

How do employers know if they have the right person for the job and how do potential employees know if a job is right for them?

Dr John Demartini, educator, human behaviour specialist and author says it is all about values and he doesn’t mean morals and ethics, he means the things that are most valuable or important to us. “Everyone has a set of values, or things that are important to them, which we can determine by observing the actions they take. Values are like fingerprints. No two people have the same set of values and no one’s values are right or wrong,” he says.  You can listen to our whole podcast here: Your Life, Unlimited podcast with Stephanie Staples and Dr. John Demartini

“We need a way of identifying the true values of an individual before making a hiring decision, and the individual needs to understand the values of the organisation before taking the job.”

Dr Demartini explains why it is imperative to understand a person’s values. “Everybody lives according to their values. What is most important to them is where they will be most focused, structured, energetic and interested. That is particularly significant to an employer who hopes to get the best from an employee.”

After 36 years of research into human behaviour Dr Demartini has developed the Demartini Value Determination ProcessTM. This is a series of 12 questions that reveal what a person truly values. He says in answering them, giving about five to ten answers for each, you will see a pattern forming. “Then you need to distil your answers to find out what came up most, second most, third most and so on until you have compiled a hierarchy of about ten values. Number one on your list is what is highest on your values, the thing that is most important to you, and number ten because it is less important, will generally get less of your attention. Our voids (things we perceive to be missing from our lives) give rise to our values. Analyse what you value and you will see it is what you most perceive missing, or out of order, in your life. For example, if you perceive you are missing money, then building wealth will appear high up on your values, if you perceive you don’t have parenting skills you will seek information on parenting, if you perceive your health is failing you will seek things to assist you rebuild your health etc.”

Dr Demartini explains that for those trying to decide what job best suits them, knowing what they value most provides the clue to the type of work that would ensure an inspired and fulfilled life. But if you already have a job, then it would be wise to link how doing that job is fulfilling what is important to you. He says, “Once someone sees how the job is helping them get what they want out of life, they are no longer just working for the company – they are now also working for themselves. This is the ideal situation as the employee is now driven to perform from within. People who are inspired by their jobs don’t need anyone to get them up in the morning; they have more energy at the end of the day and add to the productivity of the company.”

It is therefore in the interest of all employers to take the time to establish their employee’s values and to align their management styles accordingly.

The 12 Demartini Value DeterminantTM questions are:

1. What do you fill your space with (home and office)?

2. How do you spend your time?

3. How do you spend your energy?

4. What do you spend your money on?

5. Where are you most organized?

6. Where you are most disciplined and reliable?

7. What do you think about or focus on most?

8. What do you envision or dream about most?

9. What do you internally dialogue (talk to yourself) about most?

10. What do you externally dialogue about most?

11. What are you inspired about most?

12. What do you set goals towards most?

To learn more about values, consider joining Dr Demartini at the next Breakthrough Experience program where you will learn how to identify your values, other people’s values and how to link values to raise productivity and increase enthusiasm in the workplace.

And can listen to our whole podcast here: Your Life, Unlimited podcast with Stephanie Staples and Dr. John Demartini

Stephanie Staples, CSP* is the author of When Enlightening Strikes – Creating a Mindset for Uncommon Success and an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker. She empowers audiences & clients across North America to bring their ‘A’ game to work and to life. Stephanie has a special interest in working with and empowering nurses and healthcare providers. She happily calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home. You can get loads of complimentary resources to help with issues such as work/life balance, wellness, stress management and happiness in general, as well as find out more information about her coaching and speaking services at

* Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), conferred by the National Speakers Association is the speaking profession’s international measure of professional platform proficiency. Less than 10 percent of speakers have earned this credential and are recognized as some of the best in their fields. Stephanie was one of only five professional speakers in Canada (and the only woman) to attain this designation in 2013.



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