When my Rabbinic colleague began to teach me this process, I shared that dilemma with him. He generously shared a list of Jewish Values and Concepts that he had compiled. While it doesn't include all 614 mitzvot / commandments -- it's an excellent beginning.
Personally, I also found it helpful to use the Hebrew names for the mitzvot and middot / values. If you've ever studied a foreign language, you know that concepts don't always have an exact equivalent from one language to another. Using the Hebrew reminds me of two things:
- The translation may not be exact and often needs explanation
- VBDM is sacred work.
Values-Based Decision Making has taught me to mindfully make decisions which hopefully end up benefitting my community. Interestingly enough, sometime the end result is not the same solution I would have reached if I followed my first instinct.
[NOTE: if the link gives you problems, here's the roundabout way to get the list:
- Go to my website -- http://www.morahmaryconsulting.com/
- Click on "Links to Learning"
- Scroll down to Jewish Values
- Click on the embedded link and the file should pop up. If not, please let me know]