Connect to the Values

Deborah Thomas

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Activity Summary

An activity designed to help a team recognize the connection between a training course or consulting activity and the company's vision statement and values.

Goal

To connect training with a company's vision and value statements.

Group Size

10 or more

Time Required

This activity is used throughout an event. Allow about 5 minutes for the vision activity each time it is used.

Materials

  • Card stock used to make a set of value cards
  • Business card label template software
  • Printer
  • Flip chart and markers
  • Prepared values cards

Physical Setting

Any classroom configuration

Facilitating Risk Rating

Low

Trainer's Note

This activity is easier than it sounds, and it is surprising and exciting to discover how effectively participants tie the learning to the company's vision.

  • Create artwork for "business" cards (course logo, name of activity, name of value document, or others).
  • Use card stock for the cards. Set up the label template for the card size.
  • Type one value on each card. If there are six values, you should have six different cards.
  • Print a set of value cards for yourself.
  • Print cards for participants, enough so that each participant has one card.
  • Print and separate the cards.
  • Create a flip chart that has each company value written on the left and definition written on the right.

Process

  1. At the beginning of the workshop session, give each participant one value card.
  2. Remind the participants of the company's commitment to its values.
  3. Throughout the session (as time permits), draw a card from your stack (you should have one of each company value) and ask participants who have that card to raise their hands. (Some participants will have the same cards. In other words, if there are twenty participants and the company has six values, more than one participant will have each of the cards.)
  4. Ask one of the participants with that card to tell the group how some of the material they just learned or discussed ties to the value on the card.
  5. Invite other participants who have the same card to answer the question. Sometimes you may want to ask participants to work together to answer the question.
  6. List participant thoughts next to the value on the flip chart.
  7. At the end of the workshop, go over your notes from the flip chart to remind them how each of the company's values ties in with the training topic.

Variation

Use elements of the corporate vision in place of values.

Excerpt from The 2012 Pfeiffer Annual: Consulting, edited by Elaine Biech. Copyright © 2012 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Reproduced by permission of Pfeiffer, an Imprint of Wiley. All rights reserved.

Deborah Thomas, owner of SillyMonkey, LLC, a game-based learning boutique, started her career as a teacher at one of the worst-performing middle schools in the state. She drove student SAT scores up 30 percent by creating and using innovative techniques. She applies that same passion for helping adults retain learning objectives through games as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies. She has won e-learning awards, contributed to books, written articles, and spoken at conferences. She is the vice president of professional development for ASTD Atlanta, president of the Atlanta chapter of the Georgia Game Developers Association, on the board of the TAG Workplace Learning Society, and the past-president of NASAGA.

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