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Ethics and Leadership

What is GVV Africa?

Giving Voice to Values (GVV) Africa is a case-based approach that helps professionals at all levels learn to speak and act with greater confidence and competence when confronted with value conflicts at work.

Build confidence and competence in values-driven leadership

The  Giving Voice to Values Africa course
is designed for:

Private and Public Sector Leaders and Managers

Values-driven leaders looking for a strategic approach to communicating their values and sustaining workplace cultures where employees feel comfortable speaking about values and bringing up issues of concern.

Corporate Employees & Educational Institutions' Faculty and Staff

Educators interested in equipping themselves, staff, faculty, and students, with the skills to support speaking and acting with integrity and sustaining university-wide cultures that encourage speaking about values and bringing up issues of concern.

Organizational trainers

Ethics and leadership trainers seeking to gain skills for themselves and to train others to strategically and effectively speak up and act in values conflict situations; organizational trainers supporting culture change within large and small organizations.

Teams within Organizations or Independent Learners

Professionals interested in learning how to speak and act effectively in values conflict situations in the workplace.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: What is Giving Voice to Values?
  • Lesson 1.1: Overview
  • Lesson 1.2: Course Overview & Tips for Success
    • Activity: Reflect on Your Intentions
  • Lesson 1.3: Getting to Know One Another
    • Discussion Board 1: Introduce Yourself to Course Participants
  • Lesson 1.4: We All Have Values
    • Activity: The Values Game
  • Lesson 1.5: The Three A’s
    • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Lesson 1.6: Ethical Action for Leadership
    • Video: Interview with Dr Patrick Awuah, President, Ashesi University
    • Discussion Board 2: Ethical Action for Leadership
  • Lesson 1.7: The GVV Thought Experiment
Module 2: Enablers and Disablers for Voicing Values
  • Lesson 2.1: Overview
  • Lesson 2.2: The Tale of Two Stories
    • Video: Anne’s Tale of Two Stories
    • Activity: Reflect on Your Own Tale of Two Stories
  • Lesson 2.3: Enablers and Disablers
    • Discussion Board 3: What are Your Enablers and Disablers?
  • Lesson 2.4: Choice
    • Activity: Retrieval Practice – Enablers and Disablers
    • Activity: Check Your Understanding
  • Lesson 2.5: A GVV Case
    • GVV Case: The Missed Flight
    • Discussion Board 4: The Missed Flight
Module 3: Reasons and Rationalizations
  • Lesson 3.1: Overview
  • Lesson 3.2: Normalisation
  • Lesson 3.3: Reasons and Rationalisations
    • GVV Case: The Missed Flight continued…
  • Lesson 3.4: The Four-Step Process for Voicing Values
    • Video: The Deadly Life Insurance Part I
  • Lesson 3.5: Reasons and Rationalizations – An Example
  • Lesson 3.6: Reframing and Taking Action – An Example
    • Video: The Deadly Life Insurance Part II
    • Discussion Board 5: Evaluate Nana K’s Approach to Voicing His Values
Module 4: Alignment
  • Lesson 4.1: Overview
  • Lesson 4.2: Alignment Part 1 – Self Knowledge
    • Activity: Reflective Writing – What Would You Do?
  • Lesson 4.3: Alignment Part 2 – Professional Sense of Purpose
    • Video: Interview with Mansa Nettey, CEO Standard Chartered Bank
    • Activity: Retrieval Practice – Reasons and Rationalizations
  • Lesson 4.4: Alignment Part 3 – Audience
  • Lesson 4.5: The Child Bride Rescue
    • GVV Case: The Child Bride Rescue (Case A)
    • Discussion Board 6: The Child Bride Rescue
  • Lesson 4.6: The Child Bride Rescue Continued
    • GVV Case: The Child Bride Rescue (Case B)
    • Activity: Reflective Writing – Learning from Muni’s Story
Module 5: Voice
  • Lesson 5.1: Overview
  • Lesson 5.2: Rehearsal
    • GVV Case: The Presentation (Case A)
    • Discussion Board 7: The Presentation
  • Lesson 5.3: Communication Values
    • GVV Case: The Presentation (Case B)
  • Lesson 5.4: Listening
  • Lesson 5.5: Ethical Action for Leadership
    • Video: Interview with Elikem Tamaklo, MD Nyaho Medical Centre
    • Activity: Reflective Writing – GVV and Values Based Leadership
Module 6: Creating Conditions for Others to Voice their Values
  • Lesson 6.1: Overview
  • Lesson 6.2: Values Alignment and Accountability
    • Video: Reporting Failures, Dr Patrick Awuah, Ashesi University
    • Activity: Reflective Writing – Preparing for Teaming Routines
  • Lesson 6.3: Empowering Voice Across the Organization
    • Video: Culture Change at Nyaho Medical Centre, Elikem Tamaklo, MD Nyaho Medical Centre
    • Video: Changing the Leadership Culture, Mansa Nettey, CEO Standard Chartered Bank
Module 7: GVV Africa in a Nutshell
  • Lesson 7.1: Overview
  • Reflective Writing – What Was Your “Aha” Moment?
  • Lesson 7.2: Calls for Stories and Experiences
  • Lesson 7.3: Call for Case Writers
  • GVV Resource Page

Hear from our course participants

Course Authors & Contributors

Rebecca Awuah

GVV Africa Curriculum
Development Lead
Mathematics Faculty,
Ashesi University
GVV Africa Instructor

Rose Dodd

Project Advisor,
Director, Education Collaborative,
Ashesi University.

Eyram Ama Bleboo

Course Administrator,
The Education Collaborative

Dr Mary Gentile

Project Advisor, Creator,
Giving Voice to Values,
The University of Virginia,
Darden School of Business.

Esther Laryea

Case Writer, Faculty,
Ashesi University.

Martina Odonkor

Writer and Author

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