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40 How Do I Feel About All This? Assessing My Readiness for Self-Direction

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Exercise 40.1

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Exercise 40.1: Values Questionnaire

Directions: Please take a few minutes to respond the following statements using this scale: 1-strongly agree; 2-agree; 3-neutral; 4-disagree and 5-strongly disagree. Circle one number.

1. If my employer gave me a salary increase I would work harder.

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Why? __________________________________________________________________

2. I know more about my job than my peers.

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Why? __________________________________________________________________

3. If I come in to work a half hour late I should have to use my own time (i.e. vacation).

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Why? __________________________________________________________________

4. If my team puts me in charge of a project I like to be closely monitored and given lots of direction.

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Why? __________________________________________________________________

5. I respect the individuals that have been team members longer than I have.

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Why? __________________________________________________________________

6. Any person in a management position is a valuable asset to the company.

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6 Really…But I Thought!

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PURPOSE:

GROUP SIZE:

TIME:

PHYSICAL

SETTING:

MATERIALS:

PROCESS:

Really…

But I Thought!

1.

To clarify expectations and conceptions of team members.

2.

To renegotiate roles within/among a work team.

3.

To create awareness of the need for personal contracting.

A minimum of 12 members of an intact team.

2 hours

A large room with wall space for posting flipchart pages; chairs in a circle or around a conference table.

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Easel, flipchart, markers and tape or push pins.

2.

Personal pads for all team members.

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The team leader or facilitator gives a brief presentation on the four characteristics of role as defined by Gordon Allport:

Role Expectations

Role Conception

Role Acceptance

Role Behavior

What others expect of us

What you see your role to be

How we accept our role

How we actually behave

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The facilitator asks each member to work privately and evaluate the other members (including themselves) on the four elements

(30 minutes).

3.

The facilitator then asks the members to pair off randomly and share their work with each team member. This activity should continue until each team member has had a one-on-one meeting with every other team member.

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6 Show and Tell: GettingReady for Self-Direction

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50 Activities for Self-Directed Teams

3. Present the objective of the activity as a discussion of the history of the organization, based on the different perspectives of the participants.

4. Team members are then encouraged, at random, to move to the front of the

U to discuss the object they brought with them. The only guidelines given are that the person must discuss the object’s relevance to the history of the organization from three perspectives: self, organization, and society.

5. As each individual presents his/her object, write the name of the object and key points regarding the object on the flip chart.

6. After each individual presents an object, the object is placed on the table in the center of the U.

7. Once all individuals have described their object and placed it on the table, participants are then given a 10-minute break to move around, view, and discuss the objects.

8. Conclude with a general discussion of how this activity can prepare the group for change and pave the way for the implementation of self-direction.

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48 Interdependent Images

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PURPOSE:

GROUP SIZE:

TIME:

PHYSICAL

SETTING:

MATERIALS:

PROCESS:

Interdependent

Images

1.

To understand the interdependence between work teams.

2.

To explore the perceptions that interdependent teams have about one another.

Two or more work teams that have a high level of interdependence.

Works best with teams of 4 to 12 people.

2 hours

A large room for the entire group and two smaller areas for groups to work separately.

Easel, flipchart, markers, and tape or push pins.

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The facilitator explains the purpose and logistics of the meeting.

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Each team meets separately for about 30 to 45 minutes to generate data to answer the following questions: a) What do we need from group X to achieve our goals? b) What do we owe group X so that they can achieve their goals?

The goal of the meetings is to achieve clarity around the level of interdependence among the two teams.

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The teams reassemble and each reports its work.

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The groups meet again separately to prepare responses to the data presented.

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The teams reassemble for a third time and report the product of their work. The discussion should lead to an understanding of the requirements of interdependence. The final product is a contract between the teams to follow after the meeting.

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28 Creativity Break

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Creativity Break

Objectives

1. To practice brainstorming.

2. To increase team member creativity.

3. To introduce the concept of the creativity break.

Participants

Fewer than 20 people.

Time Limit

45 minutes to 1 hour.

Physical Setting

One large room with tables and chairs arranged in a U-shape and several small breakout rooms.

Materials and Resources

1. About four or five familiar everyday objects such as a packet of sugar substitute, button, can opener, corkscrew, ashtray, paper clip, lipstick, audio cassette or tea bag. Wrap each object in paper.

2. Flipchart, four or five markers and tape or push pins.

Process

1. Explain the objectives of the activity in the context of team problem-solving.

Make note of the fact that brainstorming is an important tool in generating ideas for solving problems.

2. Form four or five subgroups. Display the objects. Explain that these objects have been found in an archaeological dig that is at least one thousand years old.

Their task is to think of as many different uses as possible for these ancient objects. Give each team one of the objects wrapped in paper. Allow 10 minutes.

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