Values and Vision Exercises? LO11419
Fri, 13 Dec 1996 10:52:52 -0800

Replying to LO11402 --

Bill White of the Management Development Group in Oakland, California, has
a very good exercise for not only determining but also prioritizing
values. I don't know if it's proprietary, but you can ask him. He is new
to the internet, and I don't have his e-mail address, but his phone number
is 510-893-6705. He's currently in Paris but will be back next week. Tell
him I referred you.

Several years ago I developed a values clarification exercise for a course
in intercultural communication. I divided the class into groups of five or
six people and told them that they were the members of the corporation's
philanthropy committee, or grants advisory board. I told them they had a
certain amount of money to allocate; I think it was something like $4M. I
then gave each group a digest of grant proposals totalling far more than
the amount available. Examples included college scholarships for children
of employees in the corporate offices, a nutrition program in central
Africa, an elder care facility in Japan, a program to teach computer
skills for people with disabilities in the U.S., and others. By debating
and deciding how they would allocate the money, the participants were also
saying a lot (perhaps unconsciously) about what their values were. And, by
using "requests" from various parts of the world and for various types of
projects, I was also challenging them to see those values in a global
context. Personally, I think the exercise was very effective.

Robert Ingram
Ingram Communications
(510) 475-7239


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