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Thursday, July 24, 2014

How Would You Like to be Remembered?

This management exercise "How Would You Like to be Remembered?" is a bit on the serious side. And so it's that much more important.

Professionals engaged in conducting workshops/seminars on goal setting or target setting, self-concept, personality development and time management can use this exercise for the benefit of their audience.

You as the workshop leader will conduct this exercise as an individual exercise as against a group exercise. The exercise is to engage each individual in your audience to think about and project his lifetime objectives- what goals each one will like to achieve during his entire life.

Tell the participants of your workshop that working out the lifetime objectives will make it easier and meaningful for them to look at their long-term (say 5 to 10 years period), medium-term (around 3 years) and short-term (say 1 year or less) goals. If they start from whole to part (i.e. first deciding the lifetime goals and then the other types of shorter period goals) the shorter period goals will be in tandem with the lifetime goals, snugly dovetailed with each other. Thus their energies, efforts, activities and time will be focused only on what they should really be doing and not on non value adding actions.

Now, in order to facilitate them to come out with their lifetime goals ask them to answer the following question:

"How would you like to be remembered? (after you have lived your entire life or after you have left this world for good)."

The answer could be in the form of a narrative spanning at least one A4 size page or it could be in the bullet form.

To facilitate further, you can present to them some more questions like:

  • What kind of legacy you wish to leave behind in terms of your achievements or help to your family, profession, the society at large?
  • What kind of person you made of yourself by the last day of your life?
  • What kind of praises the people would shower on you when you are no more around to hear them?
  • What kind of things you did might inspire the generations to come?
  • What is it that you want people to remember most about you?

You can add some more questions and hints/clues of your own too.

Provide adequate handholding particularly to those participants who would need it in your workshop.

Depending on how the workshop participants are performing in this exercise, decide the time you wish to allot them to complete this exercise. As a rough guideline, 30 to 40 minutes should be alright.

Once all the participants finish writing, invite them to make the presentation of their lifetime goals. 

Coax the persons in the audience to ask questions to the presenter. Make your comments too. Your comments will go a long way in  making further improvements in their process of fixing the lifetime goals.

Get Hold of the Related Books
You can order the following books on "management games and icebreakers" as printed books and eBooks from Amazon online:
  1. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  2. Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers (Volume 2)
  3. Classic Team Building Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
  4. 101 Classic Management Games, Exercises, Energizers and Icebreakers
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