• How did you make your choices?
• What criteria was used?
• Who is accountable for the choices you
• What led you towards your choices?
• Does that ever happen at work?
• Now that you have seen the goal; what is
your reaction to your choices?
• Supply an example of how people may
operate and choose from unclear criteria
and understanding of goals?
• What causes that to happen?
• What about this activity can we use in our
current organizations and teams?
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Purpose: To illustrate vision and the need for everyone on the team to have the same understanding of the end goal.
Set-up: Scrap paper (blank page in workbook, notepad, etc.) and pencil/pen for each participant. Writing surface for each
Activity: Without providing any forewarning or foreshadowing, ask participants to take out a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Tell
them, "I am going to show some pairs of words or phrases. For each set, please select the correct word or phrase. There is a correct
word or phrase in each set.“ Show the power point slides.
Read each set of choices a couple of times. Answer questions by simply saying write down the correct answer. This will frustrate
some people (a good processing point that sometimes we get frustrated when we don't understand where we are going - or don't
have the complete picture).
Choices (correspond to the presentation)
Cold or blue
Up in the Air or Down on the ground
Metal or cloth
Stars or planets
Green or red
Snow or White
Stripes or Plaid
After you have finished select a couple of people and have them read their answers and tell them how many they got correct. Ask
how people felt (frustrated, confused, didn't make sense). Ask if anybody knows the answer - often times one or two people will have
figured it out. If not, show the slide of the US Flag. Now quickly run through the choices - with the whole class responding out loud.
How easy those choices are if everyone shares the same vision.
How do we take that back to the workplace (project, team, etc.)
How it eliminates frustration and anybody who shares the vision can take more complex decisions and make the "right" choice by just
focusing on which decision aligns with the vision.
I have used company mission and value statements as the choices. For example one choice would be actual wording from their
organizations mission or value statement and the other choice would be from a competitor or the total opposite of what their mission
or vision statement is. This variation hits home that not very many people in organizations know that their company has a mission
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