To help teams improve their collaboration I put together an exercise called Value cards. Value cards creates a safe space where people can explore their values, what behaviors their values shape, how their values potentially clash with other people’s values, and how other peoples values affects their behavior. There’s a DIY-version available but if you’re running the exercise with large groups there’s a lot of printing and cutting involved so I’ve also prepared card decks that you can buy available on the link below.
I hope they’ll help develop new and meaningful relationships between people, and help people discover new aspects of themselves.
What do you think would happen if someone who values empathy, love, kindness, respect, and humility were to join the same team as someone who values boldness, success, fame, influence, and reputation?
Do you think they would collaborate well from the get-go, making use of each other’s unique perspectives to complement and improve upon their ideas? Or do you think they’d be more likely to struggle, misunderstand each other, and face their share of conflict?
You’ve probably seen the latter in action. And, to be fair, it’s a much easier pattern to default to. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If team members can make their own values and differences explicit and known, their chance of getting the best from collaborating skyrockets.
Value Cards exercise helps your team explore values as a first step of collaboration.