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Team Alignment Through Shared Values

Published on Jun 5, 2012

A case study for team alignment through shared values

Client: Swiss Re

Outcomes: Brand Identity, Team Alignment and Business Strategy

Research has shown that the most successful companies are those whose employees are aligned with the company values. Reinsurance company Swiss Re approached Team Building Asia to design a workshop to enable their staff in Asia to align to the company values in relation to the working practices of the Asia offices.

The Values Platform was held for a two hour session as part of a three day “Press Play” conference at Mandarin Oriental Singapore. All participants were given a set of Value Statements, which were expanded accounts of their existing values and through facilitation were asked whether they agree or disagree with the statement and why. This enabled participants to explore the statements in detail and to align them in terms of their self perception, team preferences and the organisation’s goals.

Through the discussions the self perceptions could be aligned with wider team responses, which in turn gave a strong buy-in to a shared team working style, which in turn supported the needs of the organisation.

The alignment was further achieved through a Diamond 9 exercise, where teams edited the Values Statements to create a set of Values, which were ranked accordingly. These ranked values were taken from all teams to create a final set of shared set of values, which all teams were in agreement with.

This enabled all employees to truly be a part of the direction of the company and challenged everyone to fully understand what the company will achieve through its values.

“Values Platform is an exciting team building product, which keeps teams highly motivated and creates a great deal of interaction and alignment with the company’s values with a participant driven focus”. remarked Greg Solomon, Director, Head of Hong Kong, Taiwan, South-East Asia (L&H)
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd

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