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I am preparing a team day with a voluntary organisation who would like to explore the values and models that they base their service on. Does anyone have any ideas for exercises? They are a small team (8-10) . All ideas appreciated... with thanks, Sally
Sally Hemmings

3 Responses

  1. Values

    You can include brain storming sessions working in groups to identify what they see as the values and models they work to then discuss what they should be (if there are any). Then identify how the gap can be closed.

    Sandra Beale

  2. A fun activity for generating ideas
    As values and models can seem rather abstract concepts to some people, it can help to link their thoughts to more visible or concrete notions. One fun way of doing this is to give them a pile of assorted magazines and ask them to cut out images and text that represent how they see their values and models. The cut-out images and text can be stuck on to flip chart paper and form a collage that your trainees can use to verbalise their ideas during feedback. The images can represent either how they see their values and models now, or how they see them in the future, or both, depending on the learning outcomes for the workshop. I have been on the receiving end of this as a trainee, and have also used it as a training activity, and it is amazing how this activity can spark off lots of ideas. However, careful briefing is necessary because some trainees may perceive cutting up magazines and gluing scraps of paper as rather childish behaviour!

  3. try laddering
    Laddering is a method of surfacing organisational values through looking at what people do by asking the questions “Why do you do that?” and “why is that important?”

    It gets past the abstract and into the concrete. Best to use post it notes when you ask the questions (and ask them to write stuff in full) which will leave you free to do the analysis rather than struggling to write it all down.


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