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It’s crunch time!

Compare your actual behaviours with your Valēre blueprint on page 10 of the workbook and answer the following questions:

  • Are you acting according to your blueprint?
  • Which behaviours from the work zones do you do?

With the answers in mind complete your goal on page 14:

I commit to improve one behaviour that is not aligned with my values. To grow my value driven change leadership shadow, I will …


If I tend to evade difficult tasks I would write “To boost my Valēre, I commit to start working alongside others on one difficult task every week for the next month.”

Tips to achieve a behavioural shift

Use the following four tips to give yourself the best chances to succeed with the behavioural shift, by

  • Reducing the amount of effort needed to make the shift, and
  • Maximising your motivation to shift.

Tip 1: Make it S.M.A.R.T.

Thoroughly set a S.M.A.R.T. goal to shift one behaviour out of your work zone into the value driver zone. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely. These criteria should be met when setting any goal with this toolkit.

Tip 2: Make it equal

Make sure that continuing what you are doing right now is as hard as choosing to make the shift. Often behavioural changes fail because the shift is competing with an alternative in which you need to do nothing. People almost certainly will go the route of least effort.

Tip 3: Make it a habit

To make your new behaviour a habit, set yourself daily or weekly email reminders for the next month.

Tip 4: Use loss aversion

For additional motivation use loss aversion. Pay a significant amount into a “jam jar” upfront which will be lost if you fail to make the shift. The more visible your “jam jar” and your progress towards keeping the price the more effective.

For more ideas and tips on how to create resilience and change habits check out our Resilient Change Leader course.

Top tip: Publicly commit

Social incentives and being held accountable have immense power to motivate behavioural shifts. You might choose to enrol an EXCELerate trainer, a mentor, your kids or your social media network to hold you accountable.

Share your goal in the EXCELerate community and read what other’s have committed to.

At a glance

  • Valēre is your tool to consciously work on your value driven change leadership shadow.
  • It defines your core values, value drivers and work zone in one clear blueprint.
  • You improve your Valēre one goal after the other starting with your core values for the change and continuing with the important values.
  • Valēre can be used for self-reflection, to plan out your change leadership approach, as a team-building activity or for change coaching and performance conversations
  • During change, a clear definition of what good and conflicting behaviours look like is key to being able to reward and recognise change advocacy and address resistance.

After this assignment, complete the learning checkpoint III to proceed with your course.

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