The Cultural Values Assessment (CVA) is a potent tool to get feedback from everyone in your organization or team. It is often the first step of a discovery process to get a clear picture of how people perceive the current organization, and how they would like to see it evolve in the future. Within the CVA results is the outline of the road map to achieve the cultural transformation that the organization is wanting. Often, the results of the CVA are presented in the context of a full-day, multi-stakeholder, facilitated conversations around the key themes that emerge.
The assessment is tailored to your organization to ensure that the values included are relevant to your industry, your organization and your situation. If you have defined core values for your group, for example, these can be added to the list as needed.
The assessment itself is simple, and it only takes about 10-15 minutes for each participants to complete online. There are three core questions. First, what are your top 10 personal values. Second, what are the top 10 values that describe the Current Culture. And third, what are the top 10 values that describe your Desired Culture. In each case, the participant will choose from a list of 100-130 values. There are also typically a few open-ended questions included to give participants a chance to express more fully their experience of being part of the organization, e.g. what they most celebrate ... and what they would most like to be different.
To encourage honest feedback, all responses are confidential and only reported anonymously.
If desired, full sub-group reports can be added across any demographics within the group, e.g. departments, role levels, etc. These sub-group reports highlight the differences in perception as well as the relative health of each sub-group.
The main CVA report shows the top 10 cumulative results for Personal Values, Current Culture Values and Desired Culture Values. These values are graphically mapped into the Barrett Seven Levels of Consciousness to indicate how the culture is evolving across the seven levels. There are variety of included reports, each providing a unique facet of the results that lead to a clear picture and road map of how to advance the organization. Also included is the full list of short responses by the participants to the open-ended questions.
One unique and especially helpful measurement is the "cultural entropy" within the culture. It's a measurement of the conflict, friction or frustration within the culture that diminishes productivity and quality of environment. Beyond an overall measurement, you also get a full list of the particular "limiting values" (e.g. bureaucracy, blame, silo mentality) that contribute to the entropy measurement.
By repeating the CVA on an annual or every-other year basis, the organization can see the progress toward developing its desired culture.
* The Cultural Values Assessment is developed and administered by Barrett Values Centre. Gregg Kendrick is a CTT Certified Consultant of Barrett Values Centre.
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Most of the CVAs we do happen within organizational work plans, where an assessment is one of several elements designed to meet organizational goals.
Highlights of CVA
Sample CVA Report