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The Windmills 2012 Event

August 19th, 2013 by Helen Wakefield

CONNECT   with others whether it is at home, work, school or within the local community. Taking the time to develop these relationships can enhance everyday life.

Our chance to connect happens all the time at Windmills but each year in November we take the formal opportunity to connect with members of our community and host our annual event. Choosing a landmark location in Liverpool, this year we met at Christ The King Cathedral, over forty of our Champions, clients and partners joined us for the day.

Here are some of the things they said:

  • It has been a very special day. It has helped me to take time to focus on the things that are important to me.
  • It has been great, challenging and inspiring. Networking with people/feeling recognised and valued too/being challenged and pushed out of my comfort zone and having to be brave
  • Great to get away from the daily stuff and combine work & pleasure. Felt stretched and challenged
  • A really inspirational day. A chance to take stock of where I am in my life. A great opportunity to get a feel for Windmills and the resources
  • Lovely to be Windmillified again! You always make me think
  • Inventive, innovative, a bit scary, rewarding, fun.
  • Thankyou so much for hosting the day and for inviting me. Having this time really helps me to maintain my motivation
  • Please keep surprising me!

(Read more to hear what the day was all about…)
The theme for the day was “Bringing Your Values to Life” . We decided on this as an option as with the banking crisis, “Newsnight” and the BBC, Libor fixing and Tour De France winners discredited “trust” and “value” seems to be very damaged.
The day was designed to explore values from a me/we/them and us perspective – the three thinking model we have illustrated in previous newsletters.

The first perspective of “ME”, asked what my values are and utilised the values cards from STAR to explore these. Delegates then explored where their values aligned with those of the organisation “WE” and what was the overlap. They heard from three Windmills Champions from education, health and the private sectors about how they had taken the opportunity to work with Windmills and shape and tailor their working to more closely align to their values. Taking delegates then a bit out of their comfort zone the “THEM” activity focused on the community around the cathedral. Delegates used the middle part of the day to implement the SMILE £10 Challenge that has been used with William Hill as part of their CSR agenda and also is a major offering under the Windmills Foundation – see the article in this newsletter on Giving. The final part of the day focused on “US” how to combine the values of you, your organisation and community to get the synergy of US.

The day was a huge success allowing those who attended the opportunity for personal and professional development, great networking, ideas and inspiration to improve practice and meet business needs and a chance to use glove puppets! (You had to be there!)

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