Giving Voice to Values

FORTHCOMING Book on GIVING VOICE TO VALUES from Yale University Press! Due out in August/September 2010, pre-orders available in Spring 2010. This readable introduction to the concept, rationale and approach for GIVING VOICE TO VALUES works well as a text for leadership and business ethics courses, an accompanying reading for executive education programs, and an engaging and useful guide for the individual reader. More information here.


“What if I were going to act on my values? What would I say and do? How could I be most effective?”


Giving Voice to Values (GVV)—an innovative curriculum for developing the skills, knowledge and commitment required to implement values-based leadership.   


Rather than the usual focus on ethical analysis, the GVV curriculum focuses on ethical implementation and asks the question: What would I say and do if I were going to act on my values?


Aspen CBE was incubator and, along with the Yale School of Management, founding partner for the project; GVV is now based at and funded by Babson College.


GVV addresses a long-standing and critical gap in business education by helping students identify the many ways that individuals can—and do—voice their values in the workplace. And it provides the opportunity to script and practice this voice in front of peers. Click here to access an introductory collection of GVV resources on


The full GVV collection is available at


Giving Voice to Values curriculum includes:

"  Readings

"  Short case studies

"  Exercises

"  Annotated bibliographies and teaching guides

All of the above can be adapted for use as stand-alone leadership or ethics workshops; as modules to include in existing functional business courses; or as a dedicated elective.



Customized programs are also available, with a focus on:

"  Custom curriculum development for business schools or companies

"  Faculty development

"  Student peer coaching


Distinctive features of the GVV business curriculum include:

" A focus on how a manager raises values-based issues in an effective manner

    - What to do to be heard

    - How to correct an existing course of action


Positive examples of time when people have spoken up


"  The importance of self-assessment and focus on individual strengths when

looking to align an individual sense of purpose with     that of an organization


"  Opportunities to script and practice responses to frequently heard reasons

and rationales for not acting on one's values


"  Practice in peer feedback and coaching

Used successfully in MBA, executive education and undergraduate settings, an ever growing number of institutions have piloted, or plan to pilot, the GVV curriculum. Click here to see a list of pilot schools to date.


For more information, contact , Ph.D, Giving Voice to Values Research Director.


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