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Activity 45 Information Overload

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Activity 45

50 Activities for Coaching/Mentoring

Method

Step 1: Introduce the activity.

Notes:

Tell participants that they will experience what it is like to be a new employee being given a very specific work assignment.

Step 2: Read the assignment from the Trainer’s Notes to the participants.

Notes:

Read the information at a normal rate of speed. Try to be conversational, as if you were giving a real work assignment.

Step 3: Administer the test.

Notes:

Explain that you want to make sure the new person understands the job assignment.

Step 4: Discuss the results.

Notes:

Questions you might ask:

How accurately does your score reflect your listening ability?

Why did you score high/low?

How do you think a new employee would react to such an assignment?

What questions do you think a new employee would ask?

Do different people listen in different ways? How?

What is your motivation for listening to someone?

Step 5: Repeat the exercise (optional).

Notes:

Compare scores the second time with those on the first try.

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Activity 1 Rock, Paper, Scissors

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Activity 1

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Method

Step 1: Introduce the activity.

Notes:

Identify between 12 and 18 participants to take part in the activity. Remaining participants, if any, are to record their observations for later discussion.

Divide participants into two teams.

Have each team elect or appoint a player.

Have each team elect or appoint a scorekeeper.

Have each team select a name for the team.

Step 2: Distribute Handout 1.1.

Notes:

Give each participant, including the players, a copy of Handout 1.1. Explain the purpose of the activity: to accumulate as high a score as possible for the team. Explain the rules:

The activity is based on the old game of Rock, Paper, Scissors.

When meeting, players will face each other and maintain eye contact as they will each raise and lower one fist three times in a “table pounding” motion.

On the count of 3, they will each use their hand to represent one of the following:

Rock = closed fist

Paper = open hand

Scissors = V formed with index and middle fingers

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Activity 22 How am I doing?

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Activity 22

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Method

Step 1: Introduce the activity and prepare the participants for the questionnaire.

Notes:

Explain that effective coaches provide regular performance feedback to the people with whom they work. The feedback may be either positive or corrective.

Most people want and need regular feedback about their performance. In fact, it has been estimated that 80 percent of the performance problems that occur on the job could be solved if supervisors gave better feedback more often.

Author Ken Blanchard says, “Feedback is the breakfast of champions.” Ask participants: “What do you think he means by that?”

Ask participants to think about the best coaches they have had. Ask: “Did they provide a lot of feedback? What kind of feedback?”

Most supervisors think they do a good job of providing feedback to their employees.

Step 2: Distribute Exercise 22.1.

Notes:

Read instructions together and have participants complete the exercise.

Step 3: Discuss the activity.

Notes:

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Activity 12 Making a Sandwich

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Activity 12

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Method

Step 1: Distribute Exercise 12.1.

Notes:

Introduce the purpose of this exercise: to describe an assignment or a task in a step-by-step sequence.

Explain the Steps and Key Ideas of the exercise.

Steps of a task are just that—the actions necessary to complete a task. Key

Ideas include the “why” of a step (important for adults!), safety tips, shortcuts, optional steps—any information that helps the learner.

Step 2: Provide an example.

Notes:

Illustrate the use of the Step/Key Ideas outline with an example (such as starting a car, shaving, frying an egg, etc.). Have participants list steps and offer their ideas for the Key Ideas column. Spend only two or three minutes doing this.

Step 3: Lead participants in the exercise.

Notes:

Instruct participants to explain the making of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich using the outline. Allow about seven to eight minutes. As participants are writing, circulate through the room, selecting one or two of the participants’ work to demonstrate. (Be sure to select examples that will illustrate the need to be clear, avoid assumptions, keep steps in sequence, and so forth.)

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Activity 42 Making Assignments

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Activity 42

50 Activities for Coaching/Mentoring

Method

Step 1: Prepare the activity.

Notes:

Explain that the class is about to demonstrate effective and ineffective delegating behaviors.

Step 2: Lead a discussion of effective delegating behaviors.

Notes:

Discuss and list them on the flipchart. The list should include:

Explanation of the assignment

Checking for the subordinate’s understanding

Encouragement or emphasis on the value of the assignment

Opportunity for the subordinate to ask questions

Opportunity for the subordinate to suggest approaches

Explanation of follow-up method, quality requirements, and standards

Effective nonverbal behaviors, such as:

Eye contact

Open posture

Supportive tone

Understandable pace

Step 3: Lead a discussion of ineffective delegating behaviors.

Notes:

These will, for the most part, be the opposite of items on the effective list.

Step 4: Conduct the role play.

Notes:

Distribute one copy of each exercise to each participant. Allow 5 minutes for participants to complete item #1 of Exercise 42.1.

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