I have been asked recently to run a series of workshops for 65 staff on values. This is stuff I love. Why?

because if we are not living and doing stuff that we really value, what is the meaning in there for living a fulfilling existence?

But what actually are values? Well, there are many definitions out there. I like this one:

Your personal ideas about what is important and not important, what is right and what is wrong, what is good and what is bad

The key focus areas here are:

  • how the team(s) think and feel about their personal values,
  • how connected they are to the company values and if there are any gaps, what can we proactively do about it.

Further, the managers would like to advance and establish practical ways forward for the team:

  • to further engage with each other in order to deliver the strategic vision / plan,
  • to retain and nurture key talent for the long term,
  • to connect more effectively as ‘teams within teams’. For example, at meetings.

Eight two hour interactive workshops took place. It has been enlightening stuff! Not just for me but the team. There has been some deep insights, the odd tear and laugh. It’s all good. This is an excerpt from the middle part of the eliciting values exercise as a taster:

Think of a time when you were highly motivated towards your Career / Work. Which values were important to you then? Write them down here (a list of 4-8 values is fine). 

VALUE 1

VALUE 2

VALUE 3

VALUE 4

Pairing comparisons 

Of the listed values, which feel most important to you? Try to go with your gut and not rationalize your response. Assemble them in rough ascending order as you see them in your mind on Post It notes in a single column, with the most important at the top of the column. 

Now, compare 1 and 2 and ask which are more important? Place the one that is more important on top. Do this in sequence i.e. 1 and 2, then 2 and 3, then 3 and 4 and so on. At end of the exercise you will have a column is ascending order or importance.

We are targeting repeated trends to tease out gaps in the workplace experience or culture to proactively work on. In essence: Happy folk = Engaged folk = Productive folk.

Get in touch if you would like to know more. In meantime take a look at this subject matter expert on the subject of values: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjsbsnF_UUQ