Core Values Workshop Activities (7 Helpful Exercises)
This blog will introduce readers to seven core values workshop activities for both individuals and organisations. We will first discuss what core values are. Then, we’ll take a closer look at these activities.
What are Some Core Values Workshop Activities?
Here is a quick list of the titles of some useful activities to use in a core values workshop:
- The Covenant
- Code of Honour
- Value Mood Board
- Setting Valued Goals
- Values in Daily Life
- Prioritising Values
- Comparing Values & Actions
What are Core Values?
Each individual and organisation functions with a set of fundamental beliefs, also known as values. These values act as guidelines for decisions and actions so that one may behave in ways that reflect each value.
Some core values we get from our parents, teachers, and communities. But most core values that last well into adulthood are ones that are picked autonomously. These values are relatively stable and require a lot of effort to change.
7 Core Values Workshop Activities
In this section, we are going to explore some core values workshop activities. Each of these can be done individually or in groups.
The word ‘covenant’ means agreement. This activity is an exercise that guides you to make an agreement with yourself. It can also be seen as a personal manifesto. The activity is split into two parts.
In the first part, participants must write sentences to complete the following ten prompts, not spending more than 30 seconds per item. Each prompt starts with “It is my mission….”
- To live ___________
- To work ___________
- To continue ___________
- To love ___________
- To be ___________
- To become ___________
- To believe ___________
- To promote ___________
- To strive ___________
- To seek ___________
In the second part, participants must go through these statements and write a paragraph answering the following two questions:
- Why am I alive?
- What is my purpose here?
The resulting paragraph serves as the covenant, which can be signed below to make it seem more binding.
Code of Honour
A similar activity is the Code of Honour exercise that uses a similar logic to the Covenant. In this exercise, participants are provided with a long list or table of words that can be set as core values. For example, words like ‘honesty’, ‘loyalty’, ‘hard work’, etc.
Each person must choose 10-12 words from the pool that represent values they want to instil in their lives. Once the words are picked, they must start creating their Code of Honour.
For each word picked, one has to create a sentence in the following format:
“I will __________ instead of _______”
The purpose behind this activity is that it makes your core values more tangible and specific. Instead of just picking a word to guide you, this activity promotes you to think concretely about this choice as well.
The more detailed the sentences, the better it is. Here is an example of how to write these statements for the value of discipline:
“I will keep a track of how many days I meet 50% of my to-do lists instead of only relying on my memory to judge my productivity.
Value Mood Board
For a lot of people, visuals work much more effectively than anything else. A mood board is a visual tool that communcates concepts and ideas. This tool can be used to make your core values more perceivable and also serve as a reminder when in doubt.
If your workshop is for a group of individuals, the mood board exercise becomes more fun as a team activity. You will need to gather a bunch of stationery, old magasines, brochures, pictures, and decorative items.
Find visual objects that depict the core values you want to keep in your mind. For instance, if family matters a lot to you, use some old pictures of you and your loved ones. Or, if you care a lot about success, paste pictures of ladders or steps.
Let your creative juices flow for this one as there are no limits to what you can create. If preferred, you can also do this digitally. The end product will be something you can frame and put up where easily visible.
Setting Valued Goals
Once you become aware of your core values, you’ll see that they reflect your most basic passions and ambitions. Hence, it only makes sense to start setting goals that are based on these values.
To participate in this activity, you must first reflect on what your core values are. After creating a list of your values (using any of the exercises mentioned so far), organise them into the following categories:
- Parenting/Setting Examples
- Intimate Relationships
Then, set SMART goals for each category to make sure that you know how to proceed living a life that’s true to all your core values. A SMART goal is one that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
Values in Daily Life
This activity is a reflection write-up exercise. It requires participants to think about everything that they did in the last twenty four hours. You can use a worksheet for this that has hourly time prompts and some space to write next to it.
When everyone is done recalling their activities from the previous day, they must look at each hour of action and decide for themselves if they were being true to their core values.
In case they answer no to that, they must then write down what they could have done instead to stick to their core values. In the end, volunteers can read out what they wrote.
It is important to understand that we all have a wide range of values that matter to us deeply. However, not every value is of the same level of importance, at least not in all contexts. In some situations, one has to choose between two values, especially if they are clashing.
Take for example a situation where you have to choose between being loyal and being successful. It could be that you are an extremely ambitious person with very big goals. But at the same time, you care a lot about the people who have helped you reach where you are today.
If you come across a situation where you’ll have to abandon these people in order to suceed further, you’ll be in a dilemma. Having your values prioritised before hand can really help you make swift decisions in times like these.
In the core values workshop, you can conduct an activity that asks partcipants to rank their values and think out situations where two or more might contradict each other.
Comparing Values & Actions
In the Values in Daily Life activity, we mentioned that it’s possible that one may be behaving in ways contrary to their core values. These discrepencies must be observed, pondered on, and resolved for one to live a valued life.
Your workshop can include an activity that asks participants to think of times when they did something that doesn’t sit right with their beliefs. They must either discuss or write down the context, their thoughts in that moment, their feelings, the actions taken as well as the reasons.
Then, they must introspect and figure out why this discrepancy exists and what they can do differently next time in order to live by their core values.
This blog introduced readers to seven core values workshop activities for both individuals and organisations. We first discussed what core values are. Then, we took a closer look at these activities.
The core values workshop activities listed here were The Covenant, Code of Honour, Value Mood Board, Setting Valued Goals, Values in Daily Life, Prioritising Values, and Comparing Values & Actions.
FAQs (Core Values Workshop Activities)
What are the 5 core values?
Below are the five main core values that everyone could benefit from:
What is a value workshop?
A value workshop is a training session that helps people develop a better understanding of their core values. Typically, such a workshop will include activities and exercises that help particpants identify and strengthen their individual and organisational values.
How do you promote core values in the workplace?
There are several ways of promoting core values in the workplace. A few examples are listed below:
- Leading by example
- Putting up posters, charts, and stickers
- Acknowledging employee commitment to corporate values
- Conducting workshops and seminars
- Offering incentives for compliance