By: Amanda Medlen Last week, Lee and I decided to attend an IIDA CEU program entitled, “Organizational Culture Card Game (Competing Values Framework).” When reading through the description, I admit, I was a little hesitant about the idea. Here is that description: We believe Organizational Culture is… simply the personality of a company that contributes to a company’s sense of order, continuity and community. As a whole it is the prevailing values, attitudes, beliefs, artifacts, and behaviors. By using the Competing Values Framework Methodology developed by Cameron and Quinn we will engage in activity that defines 4 culture types, helps determine your own culture and how the knowledge of these culture types can assist in communication and design. I thought to myself, I have already sat through several programs and events with this all too familiar topic, but thought I would give it a shot and thought I would at least get some out-of-the-office and networking time with acquaintances and may even make some new ones. To my surprise, the program was not your typical sit-down, bore you through a PowerPoint presentation, in fact, it was quite the opposite. Now, I don’t want to give it all away and spoil the ‘game’ but we were all on our feet pretty much the entire time! We first had to search out values that were the most important to us by talking/trading cards with others in the group. Once we narrowed down our search, we were separated into four distinct groups, in the categories of Collaborate, Create, Control and Compete. Our presenter (John Scott, a Workplace Strategist for Haworth Ideation) then ‘roasted’ on each group and picked on some of their most noticeable traits, strengths and weaknesses. Even when it was time for my specific group to ‘get ours’, I was chuckling, also, because it described me to a “T” in so many ways. John presented in such a fun and dynamic way, that blew other programs, with similar topics, out of the water. All in all, it was a very fun and resourceful presentation that I will carry with me. There was no right or wrong category to fall in, just understanding that there are different people with different values and work styles that can come together and work as one to create phenomenal results! Thanks John for a great presentation!