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Values and Viewpoints


Hand out a stack of Values to each person. (Templates for 3 different types of cards attached; online version available on the download section.

Go through all of the values and choose the top 20 that are most important to you in your everyday life.
Break that group of 20 down even further and choose your top 10.
Out of your top 10, choose your top 5 and put them in order of importance.


With a partner (do this in the big group if it’s small)

Pair share your top 2 values and reasons for choosing them.
Discuss how you think your top 2 values show up in your professional and/or personal life.
Reconvene the group (if using pair share) and ask for reactions to this exercise.

THIRD ACTIVITY (15-20 min)

Form small groups of 3-4.

Go back through all 39 values and identify the top 3 that your group feels are most important for _____________ to have - be able to explain why.
Discuss how each value could present itself positively and how each value could present itself negatively (i.e. if someone had “too much” of this value).

When each group is ready, reconvene the large group to debrief using a flip chart/dry erase board.

Tell us the 3 values your group chose
Tell us the reason and the positive/negative side of one of them (facilitator’s choice)

Use the values, reasons and positive/negative side explanations to highlight any main points, policies, reminders, etc. that would be helpful for participants to know/remember.


Share general learning points that might not have been covered:

You model your values every day through your actions (and inaction). Almost all interactions transmit values in some way—for instance, through how you dress, move, relate to others, and communicate. Your responses cannot be free of values.
Exploring the meaning and place of values in your life can assist you in seeing the range of values that people hold and the variety of reasons people have for their beliefs and responses.
It also increases your understanding that people can hold values very different from yours and be equally thoughtful and caring in their reasoning.
Even when individuals appear to have similar values, they may actually have very different perspectives and reasons for having them.
It is important to examine how values may affect your work, personal interactions, reactions, emotions, decisions, etc. It’s important that you step back frequently to determine how your values aka intrinsic motivations are influencing your life.
When you acknowledge the diversity of values in yourself and others, it can help you navigate your emotions and reactions to others.
Values and Viewpoints
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