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March 16, 2009
Value Clarification - An Exercise To Understand Organisational Values
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Value Clarification - An Exercise To Understand Organisational ValuesValue Clarification Exercise
Most companies adhere to a set of values. Often only the top management has an understanding of these values and what they mean to the organisation.
Most employees are peremptorily told when they have compromised a value and are meted out the consequence of such an infraction. However, the same diligence is not applied to the top management. This results in manipulation and lack of transparency in the organisation.
Here's an exercise to ease this problem a little.
Form groups of five to eight members each. List down a set of values that are important for your organisation. Compare lists and come to an agreement on which values should be part of this list.
You'll probably come up with a list of 10 - 12 values. Now by itself this list is meaningless. It becomes meaningful for all the members of the organisation, if they can understand how the value manifests in the organisation, what does it look like when it is adhered to and what it looks like when it is not adhered to.
The aim of this activity is to develop a collection of values and its manifestations.
Give each group a value from THE list. The task for the group is to detail the following:
One example is explained below as a sample. Use this sample to know what the outcome of this activity should look like.
When is the value compromised?:
Consequence of not adhering to the value: This section has to be developed by the group in a consensus mode. A sample set of consequences are given below:
Calling Time Out and stepping aside to dialogue about the behaviour that does not meet the norms. The dialogue needs to end in:
Something similar needs to be developed for each of the values on the list. Having done that, the work can be neatly transcribed and distributed to the employees of the organisation
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