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The transition from team member to team manager can be overwhelming and participants will discover that an entirely different set of goals, rules and a different skill set is required for successful management.

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Course Introduction - A Basic Introduction to Training Events

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 30 minutes.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 25 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 30 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To welcome the participants.
• To introduce the facilitator(s) and participants to each other.
• To introduce the facilities.
• To agree the course objectives and timetable.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
Nothing, other than the materials provided.

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Dinner for Two - A Look at Leadership Skills

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify the leadership traits your participants most admire.
• To help establish learning objectives.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To identify the leadership traits your participants most admire.
• To help establish learning objectives.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size. For larger groups you may need to duplicate some of the Place Cards. (There are 36 cards provided).

You'll Need:
• Enough Place Cards for one per participant with some extras for a wider choice.
• Post it notes.

Notes:
This is a great way to capture your participants’ learning objectives.

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Feelings Cards - Managing for the First Time

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To help managers identify their own style of management.
• To think about the culture and values of the team they have taken over managing.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 5 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To help managers identify their own style of management.
• To think about the culture and values of the team they have taken over managing.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of up to 20 participants.

Useful For:
New managers.

You'll Need:
• One set of Feelings Cards for each participant.

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Idols - Examining Values and Beliefs

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To explore values and beliefs.
• To build rapport among participants.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To encourage participants to share information about themselves.
• To explore values and beliefs.
• To build rapport among participants.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to 25 participants.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

Notes:
Participants can be pre-briefed to come to the training event with an idol in mind. This gives participants time to really think about their choices.

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Leaders are Animals

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 25 minutes.

Aims:
• To identify behaviours participants would want their leaders to exhibit and those they would not.
• To generate discussion about the skills and behaviours exhibited by great leaders.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to run. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 25 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To identify behaviours participants would want their leaders to exhibit and those they would not.
• To generate discussion about the skills and behaviours exhibited by great leaders.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of any size.

You'll Need:
• A set of ‘animal’ cards, provided.
• Flipchart paper and pens.

Notes:
The running time varies depending on the size of the group. For larger groups you may need to put them into sub-groups.

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My Picture Says… - Identifying Personal Values

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To provide an opportunity for participants to learn something about each other.
• To help participants learn more about each other’s values and motivators.
• To understand the importance of an awareness of the personal values of those they seek to influence.

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Time:
This exercise will take about 15 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To provide an opportunity for participants to learn something about each other.
• To help participants learn more about each other’s values and motivators.
• To understand the importance of an awareness of the personal values of those they seek to influence.

Group Size:
This module is suitable for use with groups of up to about 20 participants.

You'll Need:
• Printed copies of the images provided on sheets of A4 paper.

Notes:
You can use any images for this activity.

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Sorting Out - Why Objectives Matter

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To help participants to understand why clear objectives and goals matter.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To help participants to understand why clear objectives and goals matter.

Group Size:
This exercise is suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• One set of Sorting Out Cards per two participants.
• A stopwatch.
• A buzzer or bell to signal when their time is up.
(Stopwatches and Desktop Bells are available to purchase from Trainers' Market).

Notes:
Filing Frenzy card packs are available to purchase from
Trainers' Market – each pack contains 10 sets of the shape cards used in this activity.

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Sweet Talking - Influencing Others

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 15 minutes.

Aims:
• To understand the importance of recognising the needs of others when trying to influence their behaviour.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing about 15 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To understand the importance of recognising the needs of others when trying to influence their behaviour.

Group Size:
This module can be used with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• Small bags of chocolate buttons, enough for one bag per 2 participants.

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The Cracked Pot - The Balancing Act of Performance Management

Time:
In total we estimate this exercise will take 20 minutes.

Aims:
• To explore the impact on the wider team if under performance isn't effectively addressed.
• To understand why performance management is also about effectively using all the skills within their team.

About

Time:
This exercise will take about 10 minutes to complete. In total, allowing for discussion, we recommend allowing 20 minutes for completion.

Aims:
• To explore the impact on the wider team if under performance isn't effectively addressed.
• To understand why performance management is also about effectively using all the skills within their team.

Group Size:
Suitable for use with groups of almost any size.

You'll Need:
• Nothing other than the materials provided.

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