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RAFI Micro-finance

The micro-finance program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.

Work Values Clarification and Team Interdependence
Duration: 6 hours
Target participants: Branch Bookkeepers, MO Bookkeepers, Finance Supervisors
Program Objectives: At the end of this half-day program, participants will be:

Be reminded of the goals set for FAD


Motivated and keep up the working momentum of FAD


Revive the attitudes of persistence and teamwork to be able to achieve the goals set

60 minutes

Unit 1: Introduction

Setting the mood of the participants
Know expectations of the participants
Present to the participants the
competency requirements and training


Unit 2: Revisiting the Goal

Remind the participants of the strategy/

goal set for FAD last 2010.


Unit 3: Work Values Clarification

Module 1: Positivity
Module 2: Humility
Module 3: Persistence
Module 4: Values as function of

Provide a brief overview of what values

are, its definition and those that are
needed for the goal to be achieved
For the participants to realize and


Leveling of Expectations
Presentation of Objectives
Ice breaker:

LCD Projector
Manila paper

Leveling: Have the participants write

in the metacards their expectations
regarding: a. the lessons they hope
to get and b., what they are willing to
Icebreaker: in Table 1.1

Workshop: Helium stick

LCD projector
Manila papers
Meta cards


LCD projector
Manila papers

Have the helium stick as segue to

discussing the goal. Details in table
Discuss: in a matrix, have the what
went well and what went wrong
discussion. Save the what should be
done for Ms. Cy
Present slide show with brief
discussion. Go back to the rules
made and gather the implicit values
ideal to the participants
Workshops: Handling Unfortunate

Think of what went well and what went


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imbibe some values deemed important

in the attainment of the organizational

Unit 4: Team Interdependence

Module 1: Think Win-win
Module 2: Seek to Understand then to be
Module 3: Synergy

Understand the process of value

formation, identify individual beliefs
and values and determine the positive
and negative consequences
Present the Public Victory principles of
the 7 Habits by Stephen Covey as guide
in promoting interdependence within
the team

Events (positivity); The Maze

(Humility); Magic Carpet
(persistence); Values clarification
(values as function of our


LCD projector
Manila papers

Presentation of slide show.

Emphasize on anchoring on personal
values and principles first to attain
interdependence with others.
Workshop: Arm wrestling (Think
Win-win); Lighthouse/ Drawing (Seek
First to Understand then to be
Understood); Back-to-back (Synergy)

Table 1.1 Details of Icebreakers/ Activities (in chronological order)

Ice breaker: Create your own


Split the group of delegates into two teams. Each team has 10 minutes to come up with a new law for their workplace. E.g., No one is allowed more than one
coffee break during morning. Each team has 10 minutes to provide a presentation to the other group about the law and their reason for making it. The law
has to be very clear and should take into account situations when it can be difficult to obey the new law. The other team can ask questions about the law and
try to find ways to improve it. The teams switch positions and repeat the exercise.
Processing: list down the values implied in the laws that they listed. This could also be an avenue for them to air out what they ideally want their work
We use the Helium Stick to teach a powerful lesson about organizational mission statements and group work in general.

Helium stick

Facilitator storyline:
Organizations create mission statements to be a guiding force. A good mission statement focuses everyones attention on the core essence of a business or organization, and
enables them to make decisions and take action that are directly aligned with their core values.

For our next challenge, your group will have a simple mission: To lower this stick to the ground in _______ minutes.
Have the group repeat the mission a couple of times
The Challenge:

Have the group of 8-12 divide into two lines and face each other.


Explain the technical rules to the group (very important): everyones index fingers MUST remain in ontact with the stick at all times, and the stick must rest on top of
their fingers at all times (no grabbing, finger curling, etc.)


Have the group extend their index fingers at waist level.


Lay the stick across the groups fingers.


At that time, the group must work together to lower the stick to the ground.


Inevitably, the stick rises almost instantly causing laughter, frustration, or confusion. The rise is caused by the small ripples of upward pressure as individuals each
try to remain in contact with the stick.


After refocusing, the group will be able to lower the stick.

The Debriefing:

Ask the group if everyone understood the mission and technical lowering rules.


Ask if anyone was intentionally trying to sabotage the groups mission by lifting the stick.


Ask if everyone sincerely wanted to accomplish the mission or thought that it could be done.


If everyone understood the mission, and was committed to succeeding, why did the group get so far off track right away? Try to elicit answers that are related to the
group process, not the technical explanation of the challenge. For example, we didnt plan well more so than we werent holding our fingers correctly.


Ask the group to share example of groups that they have participated in the real world that seemed to be comprised of committed folks, but were not productive.


Discuss what types of actions are important to keep a group focused on the mission.


Many times during this activity, people become frustrated with others who arent lowering the stick, and often choose one person as the culprit. Also, some people

give up and let the stick come off their fingers. If either happens, be prepared to discuss how blame or giving up affects groups.
Tip for success: When you place the stick on the groups fingers, apply slight downward pressure before letting them begin. This helps create the initial upward pressure that
creates the helium stick.

Ask groups to write down 3 sentences that describe a negative situation. For example,

My car broke down this morning on my way to work

Allocate 5 minutes for this phase.

Ask the groups to stick their flipcharts to the wall.

Now, ask the groups that they must find as many positive points as possible about the negative situations on both flipcharts.

Each group should work on its own in a competitive fashion.

Ask them to record their positive remarks on another flipchart.

Handling Unfortunate Events

The team that comes up with the most number of positive points in 5 minutes wins the prize.
The Maze

Magic Carpet

Values Clarification

All participants will be blindfolded and be guided into a maze. All should try to get out of the maze. There are only two things they need to do to get out of the maze: To raise
their hands and ask a question. The question should only be answered by yes or no. Another option is to ask for help.
Ask the group to stand on an 8x8 magic carpet (tarp or blanket). The entire group must be on the tarp completely.
Once everyone is settled, advise the group that they are going on a magic carpet ride. Tell them that they have risen 100 feet in the air and are ready to go.
Unfortunately, the instructions on how to steer and land the carpet are on the other side of the carpet. So, they must flip the carpet over while standing on it.
Very fun and challenging!
A great variation is to explain the instructions to two groups as the same time and see if they try to work with the team on the other carpet or if they attempt to flip their
carpet as separate teams.
1. Participants to follow the ff instructions: recall some maxims, rules, sayings, or behaviors of significant persons in your life which you consciously or spontaneously follow.
These may come from your parents, a teacher, a church or government leader, or a passage from literature.
2. How have these affected your present beliefs and lifestyles?

3. Determine in what way these maxims have promoted or inhibited your personal growth.
Share their answers in groups of three or four members each.
Synthesis: What insights have you gained on value formation and practices? Now that you have identified growth-inhibiting and growth-promoting values and practices.
Which do you want to enhance and continue, and which do you want to modify, change or stop? How do you plan to do this?
Find a pair. Be in arm wrestling position. Arm wrestle and accumulate as many points as you can.
Arm wrestling
Processing: emphasize on win-win attitude
Break participants into teams of three
-One person is blindfolded and is the doer, one person is facing backwards, away from the doer, but can speak, the other cannot speak but can see the doer and can
mime to the speaker

-Explain that you will hide an object for each group, only the mime can see where it is
-On go the mime gestures to the speaker, who tries to direct the doer to find the object
-In between rounds, rotate roles

Draw my mind

For each team, have one commissioner that will instruct the participants on what to draw. The one who draws the nearest to the model drawing wins.
Find a pair, sit back-to-back with your arms locked. Try to stand up. Then have it by 3s, 4s, 5s, 10s and then everyone.