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Activity 34: The Roadblocks Questionnaire

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Activity 34 

The Roadblocks Questionnaire 


• To provide insight into the “people problems” that may be affecting organizational or team effectiveness

This activity helps to clarify personal goals and increase influence, managerial insight, and team-building skills.


This questionnaire is intended for senior executives, but it also can help senior teams to share insights and perceptions about the roadblocks to effectiveness that exist within an organization. It is based on a “blockage” approach to organization development. The questionnaire consists of 100 statements about the “people” aspects of the organization or team. Look at these statements and decide whether they are true or false for you. In many cases, it will be difficult to be absolutely accurate, but if you think that a statement is broadly true, that is sufficient.

When you have completed the questionnaire, follow the guide on how to interpret the results. By that time, you will have begun to identify the key people problems. The most important thing is to be honest with yourself when considering the statements. After you have completed the forms, you will find it valuable to discuss the results with your colleagues.

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Activity 29: New Challenges

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50 Activities for Self‐Development 


I. Your Limits (continued)

Read the list of activities that follows. For each, decide which category (I, II, III, or IV) is most descriptive of your attitude toward that activity. Write the number of each activity in the appropriate place on the circle figure.

1. Give a lecture on management

2. Sing in public

3. Say “no” to the boss

4. Write a poem and submit it for publication

5. Paint a picture in a busy place

6. Eat raw fish in a Japanese restaurant

7. Spend an evening in a local bar or pub

8. Participate in a church service

9. Gamble at roulette in a casino

10. Have a body massage

11. Do a parachute jump

12. Act on stage before an audience

13. Take a karate lesson

14. Repair a broken car engine

15. Go skiing

16. Spend a day collecting refuse

17. Do nothing for a whole day

18. Swear in public

19. Go to a rock concert

20. Climb a rock wall

21. Swim at a nudist beach

22. Take a dog into the best hotel in town

23. Sell insurance door-to-door

24. Cry in front of your family

25. Play a sport for money

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Activity 7: Circles of Influence

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Activity 7 

Circles of Influence 


• To develop the capacity to take charge of situations and influence others more effectively

• To provide a useful problem-solving technique

This activity helps to continue personal development, improve problemsolving skills, and increase influence.


This activity is based on the theory that each person has different levels of influence over particular aspects of his or her private and working life. Prior to beginning the activity, participants should read the notes that follow.

Understanding Circles of Influence

The amount of control we have over different aspects of our lives varies. For example, our dietary habits can be changed entirely by a personal decision.

There are some tasks that can be tackled in whatever way we choose and we have total discretion over our methods and approach. All these items may be categorized as “Circle-A Activities.”

There are many other areas that are not under individual control, but are instead totally within the sphere of influence of a group or team. These items are categorized as “Circle-B Activities.”

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Activity 47: Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

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Activity 47 

Who’s afraid of the 

Big Bad Wolf? 


• To explore the implications of fear on personal effectiveness

• To help reduce the negative effects of fear on personal assertion

This activity helps to improve competence in self-management, clarify personal values, enhance personal development, and increase influence.


This activity is based on the assumption that many of us are afraid of certain people, situations, or challenges. The fear reaction often is deeply felt and can lead to a reduction in self-confidence, unintelligent behavior, and a lack of energy. Many of our fear reactions have little to do with our current circumstances, but stem from factors that influenced us in childhood. This is not to say that fear is never logical or justified. However, people frequently are unnecessarily fearful and limit their personal effectiveness by allowing their emotional reactions to rob them of energy and quality of thought.

This activity is divided into two parts. The first is a questionnaire for you to complete. The second part asks similar questions, but should be filled in by others who know you well. It is particularly useful if several people complete it for you. It is essential to spend time—half an hour or so—discussing the outcomes of both questionnaires with someone whose opinions you value.

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Activity 32: Relaxez-Vous

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Activity 32 



• To provide a technique for relaxation and stress reduction

• To increase the capacity for paying attention to people and situations

This activity helps to improve self-management competence, clarify personal goals, and enhance personal development.


This activity was originally developed for individuals, but can be readily adapted for group use.

For many years, it has been recognized that the negative effects of pressure and stress can be reduced by relaxation techniques. In essence, most of these are a simple form of meditation. Experience shows that regular practice helps individuals to become more accustomed to the techniques and go into a state of relaxation more quickly.

If you find the activity at all stressful, simply stop and obtain advice from a more experienced practitioner. You may find that increased relaxation also improves your listening skills and your use of time.

1. Select your environment. Choose a quiet, calm environment with as few distractions as possible. It is best to be alone or be with someone else who is practicing the activity, for at least 15 minutes.

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