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140—Three-Letter Words

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Preparation

• No handouts are required for this exercise.

• Provide paper and pencils for each group.

• Have a whiteboard or flipchart and markers available to record group responses

(optional).

• The room should be flexible enough to accommodate simultaneous small group

discussions.

Process

• To prepare the group, read or paraphrase the following:

In order to be really creative or apply creativity to a problem situation, you really need to let yourself go. You need to temporarily abandon logical thinking and open up to new ideas and new ways of looking at things. But it’s sometimes difficult to just “jump right into” creative thinking. So, in just a moment, I’m going to ask you to break into small groups and take part in a mind-stretching exercise. It may seem somewhat frivolous; don’t worry about that. Its purpose is to energize the creative side of your brain and help you get a better understanding of the creative process.

• Using any convenient method, create small discussion groups that consist of

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139—Painless Time Log

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139 – Painless Time Log

 

Purpose/Objectives: Helping managers make more efficient use of their time has become one of the mainstays of management training. This exercise is a simple, effective, and interesting way to demonstrate personal time management.

Participants are given the “painless time log” and asked to record their work activities each day on a log sheet

(in 10-minute increments). Participants record their activities for three typical workdays and tally their times on the forms provided. Using their own judgment, participants determine the reasonable time for each activity and compare it against the actual time spent.

The “painless time log” is very demonstrative, thoughtprovoking, and sometimes amusing. It is an excellent tool for time management sessions.

Type: Application

Time Required: 10 minutes to give instructions; discussion optional

Group Size: Unlimited

Use this Session Builder as: • An action plan for individual use on the job as part of a single session or series training program on time management.

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121—The New Project

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121 – The New Project

 

Purpose/Objectives: In group meetings and project teams, participants’

“hidden agendas” can negatively affect the functioning of the group, and they put an extra burden on the group leader.

This exercise demonstrates these group dynamics through a structured group role play. A group of

“employees” meet about a new project and each is assigned a specific role, ranging from agreeable to aggressive. The leader’s job is to introduce the new project to the group, gain their support, and plan for a changeover. The leader’s task is difficult because the group members have a variety of hidden agendas. The remaining session members are able to view what often happens in their own meetings. Then they can develop new techniques to handle those problems.

Type: Role Play

Time Required: 60 minutes

Group Size: 15 to unlimited

Use this Session Builder as: •

A reinforcement exercise to demonstrate the key points of a discussion on meetings, assertiveness, team building, motivation, and/or communication.

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148—A Selection Interview

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148 – A Selection Interview

 

Purpose/Objectives: Interestingly, the job applicant is usually not the only one somewhat nervous in an interview situation. Many interviewers are nervous as well. This exercise is designed to help supervisors and managers improve their interviewing techniques, learn active listening responses, and become more comfortable in an interview situation. Participants take part in a role play that focuses on skills that promote open-ended questioning and good follow-up questions. Participants are able to observe each other and receive valuable feedback about their own strengths and weaknesses. This, in turn, helps them improve their ability to use a selection interview to determine whether or not an applicant adequately fits a job.

Type: Role play

Time Required: 60 minutes

Group Size: 10 to 50

Use this Session Builder as: • A reinforcement exercise following a lecture or discussion on the skills of interviewing and/or active listening.

• A learning aid for individuals who might need help to

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107—A Natural Disaster

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Preparation

• Provide pens or pencils and paper for participants.

• Make copies of the objective statements and guidelines so that each participant

can grade each item. For example, if there are three teams with five on each team, you would need 30 printed copies.

• Have a whiteboard or flipchart and markers available to use when processing

the exercise.

Process

• Divide the group into three to six teams of approximately equal size.

• Begin the exercise by distributing the objective statement and guidelines to

each team.

• At this point, outline the guidelines for participants to follow in their group

discussion. For participants without prior planning or problem-solving knowledge, the guideline serves as a basis to know where to begin. For people who have done some planning or problem solving before, the guideline helps them recognize the areas on which to concentrate their efforts.

• Have the teams work and discuss the assignment for a maximum of 30 minutes.

Let them know that they will have 5 or 10 minutes to explain their plan to the group.

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