Family Values Exercise

James G. Clawson

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business


This leadership exercise asks students to reflect on their family values and to begin to write them down. The exercise is useful in a leadership or career-management course when students need to consider their own values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations about the way the world should be and then reexamine them. The exercise builds on the work of Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi and his notion of "transcender" (the Evolving Self) and Richard Dawkins's concept of "memes." The results of the exercise can be used as a springboard to discuss students' becoming "transcenders" as opposed to those who simply live out the values imprinted on them early in life. The exercise includes a table with examples to help students get started.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 5

Keywords: career management, leadership

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Date posted: October 21, 2008  

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Clawson, James G., Family Values Exercise. Darden Case No. UVA-OB-0717. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=910782

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James G. Clawson (Contact Author)
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )
P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.darden.virginia.edu/faculty/clawson.htm
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