Exercises & Activities

Tips & advice to help you improve your performance

 

Developing Management Skills: A Technical Exercise

Here’s a little something to think about over the weekend before we dive into next week’s conversations. Imagine your organisation was preparing to go into a joint venture with two other companies, each from a different country – we’ll say India and China. As part…

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Are Your Employees Happy?

Here’s a little something to get you started this morning. We’ve talked about the different types of skills a manager should have, including conceptual (thinking in an abstract manner) and diagnostic (being able to respond to a situation). Apply these skills to the following situation:…

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Communication Exercise: Benefits & Compensation

Today we’re going to work a little bit on our communication skills. As managers we have a pretty good understanding of the value of our total compensation package, meaning not only wages but benefits as well. Unfortunately, most of our employees look only at their…

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Managing Change: An Exercise

Change is one of the most difficult things you’ll have to deal with as a manager, especially if you know that the changes you have to implement will cause anxiety or dissention amongst team members. Take a look at the following change management scenario: Imagine…

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A Simple Time Management Exercise

Today I’d like you to spend a few minutes on another quick exercise that will help you to enhance your personal time management skills. The better you are able to organise your time, the less stress you’ll feel on a daily basis. Start by making…

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Quick: Make a Decision

Let’s start the week off with a quick exercise. Now that you recognize that making a decision is not a simple one-two process, you’ll need to formulate a personal plan for handling the major decisions that will come across your desk from time to time.…

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What Time Is It?

It’s been a long week and I’m sure most of you are as happy about the upcoming weekend as I am. I thought we’d spend a few minutes today working on our communication skills. (more…)

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Exercising Your Technical Skills

We’ve spoken quite a bit lately about management skills. One such set of skills focused on technical ability, otherwise known as your ability to understand and accomplish tasks based on your ability to use the various systems established within your workplace. (more…)

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