Here's a broad overview of the premises of the day:
- Individuals have deeply held values that they bring to the work place.
- Often, people can discover that they hold a key subset of those values in common.
- When you think, talk, and reflect on that, you not only become more mindful of how you show up at work, you become more intentional about the culture of your workplace.
- All of that leads to greater confidence in your own abilities, your actual ability to provide consistent service in the moment, and the integrity and capacity of your organization.
- They had to choose three values from a list. These values best captured what they wanted to live up to in the workplace.
- They met in small groups to select three top values in common at that table.
- We facilitated a discussion to see if they could find three or four values the whole staff could agree upon.
There were a few other twists along the way. Sharon has a gift for devising meaningful exercises that turn instruction into highly personal learning, and I had a few ideas, too. We recently tallied up and reviewed the various evaluations of the day, and I'm pleased to report that it seems most of the content really resonated. Staff reported real changes in their understanding, and the director of the library later reported that he sees a distinct difference in staff behavior.
It's a powerful approach. Figure out what you aspire to. Think about ways to make it real. Hold yourself and coworkers accountable to that aspiration.
At any rate, this is an engaging day for staff. If you'd be interested in that, contact Sharon here or me here.