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50 Values Tournament Round Two: 24 Motives

50 Values Tournament Round Two
50 Values Tournament in Brief

When I talk to people about values storying, they readily recognize the importance of passing our values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell…and re-tell. However, one issue continues to surface: where to start. Identifying our values and connecting them purposefully in our stories seems to be the greatest difficulty for most people.

Just learning about the #50Values Tournament? Check out last week’s post for purpose behind the tournament.

We’ll narrow down the initial 50 values to the one this forum deems the number one priority, with each round open for voting for one week. Before we get started with the Values Storying Tournament Round Two, let’s take a look at Round One results:

50 Values Tournament Round One Results

Winner (1) and runner-up (2) from each pool of five advanced, along with four wild cards (WC), the top vote getters from the other values.

Pool 1:

  • Ambition
  • Dependability (2)
  • Family (1)
  • Humility (WC)
  • Leadership

Pool 2:

  • Appreciation (2)
  • Diligence
  • Flexibility
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Love (1)

Pool 3:

  • Courage (WC)
  • Self-Discipline (2)
  • Friendliness
  • Integrity (1)
  • Modesty

Pool 4:

  • Cheerfulness
  • Endurance (1)
  • Frugality
  • Joy (2)
  • Obedience (WC)

Pool 5:

  • Commitment (1T)
  • Fairness
  • Generosity (1T)
  • Justice
  • Optimism

Pool 6:

  • Compassion (WC)
  • Faith (1)
  • Helpfulness
  • Kindness
  • Patience (2)

Pool 7:

  • Passion
  • Resourcefulness
  • Wisdom (1T)
  • Peace
  • Respect (1T)

Pool 8:

  • Wonder
  • Goodness
  • Responsibility (2)
  • Honesty (1)
  • Reflection

Pool 9:

  • Sacrifice
  • Punctuality
  • Resilience
  • Self-Control (2)
  • Faithfulness (1)

Pool 10:

  • Resolve (1)
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Gentleness
  • Empathy (2)
  • Reverence

Notes from Round 1:

Surprisingly, Round 1 did not produce a single unanimous choice. Not one. Two values (modesty and resourcefulness) did not garner even one vote. (Draw your own conclusions when you wonder how kids today can’t find something more decent to wear.)

50 Values Tournament Round Two: 24 Motives

The second round of the 50 Values Tournament will narrow this community’s most central core values down to eight. Just to remind you, this is not an exercise in determining which values are not important but, instead, which ones are most important to communicate to the next generation of family, employees, students, team members, and so forth. The choices will become increasingly difficult with each round.

Here’s how the 50 Values Tournament Round Two works:
Twenty-Four Motives (through 11/6/14):
Six groups of four values
Voters choose one from each group.
Top in each group plus next two vote-getters (8 total) advance


Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel (and 52 Other Re-Told Childhood Tales) and is currently compiling his faith stories into his second major work, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), due out in November 2014. He is writing that book completely outside of the typical work week in order to develop a blueprint for busy people with a valuable story to tell to be able to tell their stories. Subscribe to his email list to stay up to date on his progress and for additional excerpts from the book.

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About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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