Meet Jane Cox, Executive Coach, Organizational Supervisor, and a Point of Value facilitator. With her many years of experience in corporate management and consultancy roles, she has developed her integrative approach to coaching and supervision.
by Emma Aasa
Hi Jane! How do you use Point of Value’s ranking system?
Jane: I use it in recruitment, for example. When you go to a job interview, you put yourself forward as your best self, and you share what you believe will impress the employer. But that’s not always the whole picture. Doing the ranking in the recruiting process humanizes people, and you can hire someone that matches your team value-wise. Often, that is just as important as their merits.
Did value work have any impact on you personally?
Jane: When I first did the ranking, my highest value was generosity. That made me remember, several years earlier, when I had my annual appraisal with my boss, and he’d written: she gives too freely of her personal resource. I will never know what he meant, but the way it landed with me was criticism. After that, I thought of my generosity as a bad characteristic.
But, when I saw the value on the ranking map and how important it was to me, I decided to change that perspective. If I’m not embracing my generosity, I’m not being authentic. It’s not congruent. So, I decided to feel good about it instead of bad. That’s the thing; that was the difference, and it had a profound effect.
Why would you recommend businesses to work with values?
Jane: I first went into coaching in the 1970s, so I’ve been in the business for a while, and I can tell that now it’s a good moment in time to recognize and work with values. It is highly prioritized in management development. There’s a lot of talk about values in my world around business consultants.
Yet, they often don’t know what they mean by the values of their business. They might put some on the wall that says integrity, hard work or honesty or something, but they don’t connect with them. They’re just words on the wall. But if you can get the whole business to work at that level, which you can make happen with the right tools, it becomes more of a joy to go to work. You connect with the business because you share its values.
What feedback have you gotten from your coaching?
Jane: Everyone I’ve worked with has found it beneficial. Some people even find it life-changing. When they learn new things about themselves, they ask: why didn’t I know this before? We do know it; we just haven’t realized it.
“Doing the ranking in the recruiting process humanizes people, and you can hire someone that matches your team value-wise. Sometimes that is just as important as their merits.”
“I’ve been in the business for a while, and I can tell that now it’s a good moment in time to recognize and work with values. It is highly prioritized in management development.”