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Day One – Wednesday 14 September

11.00am to 12.30pm

F1 Personal Values

John Faisandier    

Using Shared Values to Form a Team

John Faisandier, Faisandier Associates

NZATD Member

Teams are made up of individuals who have their own values and motivations for working. When these underlying motivators become known, expressed and explored the team has a good chance of working effectively together.

This highly interactive session will focus on values and the motivation individuals have for working. Through a series of non–threatening thought–provoking activities participants will have an experience of discovering the motivating influences in their own working lives. In small groups they will explore how these values can be used to build an effective long–term or short–term team. There will be time for group discussion on the significance of values in work place and the formation of teams. Coaching will be given on the use of simple action techniques that bring vitality and meaning to teams from the factory floor to the boardroom.

There are many factors that lead teams to perform well. The more conscious we can become about forming teams, the better the chance of achieving the goals required.

Picture a team in which people act, speak and interact in ways that others misunderstand or misconstrue. Confusion abounds and mistrust grows. Assumptions are made about other members of the team. When the pressure of work increases there is often little time to explore what the deeper values and motivations are of fellow team members. Team members develop negative fantasies about one another, become suspicious and believe their fellow team members act the way they do because of ill–will, incompetence, or ignorance.

What if a team were able to appreciate one another's values and motivations from the beginning of their life as a team? What if each person became clear about their own values and motivations for working so that they themselves were feeling inspired to work well with their colleagues? Then imagine the whole team gaining a sense of each other's values and motivations through a simple, respectful exercise that promotes genuine conversation, understanding and appreciation that is focused on the purpose of the team.

Any team leader or manager can learn this exercise quite simply. It engages a range of learning styles, kinesthetic, visual and auditory. It provides for individuality and creativity and often generates surprising and useful results for individuals and for the team.

As well as having the opportunity to experience this activity in the workshop, participants will have the chance to reflect on their experience together and generate principles of team formation and the place of values and motivation in workers.

There will be teaching on the principle of warm–up and coaching on how to use this activity in situations relevant to participants.

This way of assisting a team to form doesn't rely on labels, metaphors or categories of team membership. It doesn't require someone to have 'learnt the model". It works with the people you already have in the team and promotes open and direct communication among the whole team, which, if well established at the beginning of a team's life, will help the team to carry this forward when the hard work and pressure begin.

John Faisandier has a Masters in Adult Education (with distinction), degrees in Anthropology and Theology and is a qualified trainer in psychodrama.

He has been a member of the New Zealand Association of Training and Development (NZATD) for over 15 years, including holding office at regional and national levels. John is a Trainer, Educator, Practitioner (TEP) in the Australian and New Zealand Psychodrama Association (ANZPA), and a member of the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC). He is on the Ethics Committees of both these organisations. John is an Accredited Speaker Member (ASM) of the National Speakers Association of New Zealand (NSANZ). He is a teacher with the Wellington Psychodrama Training Institute. He regularly presents workshops at Conferences in New Zealand and Australia.

For 11 years John worked in Church ministry. He worked in the Race Relations Office for over three years as an educator and mediator, and Queen Mary Hospital, for four years where he was the psychodramatist, clinical supervisor and trainer of counsellors.

Faisandier Associates, of which John is the principal, consults to Government departments, private companies, large corporates and community service organisations in New Zealand and the Pacific. They have a strong focus on action learning.

Clients find John's interactive style of working to be effective in getting teams to be more focused on their shared purpose, their functioning and their achievements.

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