Individuals Tools

Tools for Digging.

These tools included below are those referenced for use in the Return On Integrity book. We hope you will revisit this TOOLS page to discover an ever-increasing supply of tools and best practices that will further equip and inspire the work you are doing in your organization. We would love to hear about your organization’s journey … and would appreciate learning of the tools and techniques you are creating and willing to share with others. To share an idea, you can email John direct at

Core Values Brainstorming List:

Over the years, I have asked audiences to brainstorm words that would describe their core values. This Core Values Brainstorming List is a compilation of what participants shared. It was just the beginning of their process to dig beyond behaviors, wants and needs … to the very core of what are their core values. As typical, many thoughts from their initial brainstorm best represent behaviors, some are wants and others are needs.  And a few are core values. A blank sheet of paper is the best place to start.   However, with their collective permission, I make this list available simply as a tool to get you thinking … to stir your thoughts, heart and soul … to encourage you to further expand your initial brainstorm.  It’s where the digging begins!

Distinguishing Values, Needs, Wants and Behaviors:

Flow matters.  Values should drive needs, wants and behaviors. Not the other way around. Without distinguishing the unique differences and systemic nature of behaviors, wants, needs and core values we most likely find ourselves in reverse flow. This worksheet is simple, by design, to allow you to use the flexibility of an EXCEL worksheet to “move things around” as you continue to dig deeper. As you use this tool, it will be helpful to frequently revisit pages 63-75 of Return On Integrity: The Individual’s Journey to the One Essential Thing.