Diary planning, prioritising, delegating and common sense. Can teams score 100%?
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1.5 hours + debrief
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Teams represent Robin Self, a manager who is planning his/her time for the next four week period. Robin already has some meetings scheduled in the diary. As well as allowing space for routine work, there are 26 tasks - some with clear deadlines, that must either be scheduled into the diary or delegated to one of Robin's staff of three. Teams are given the necessary background information on Robin and the staff - and told to ask if they need further information. There are in fact 10 pieces of information (eg staff diaries), but will teams ask?
Can they identify which tasks Robin should do - in an already busy schedule? Of tasks that can be delegated, which staff member is best suited and who has spare capacity? Will they over-crowd diaries or plan well? Will they try to rearrange existing schedules? Will they know which tasks to prioritise? Do they appreciate the difference between urgent and important?
Teams complete two forms (Robin's Timetable and a Delegation Form). The data from these is checked by the computer program, which then supplies each team with a full report on their time management - and awards scores. A Debrief follows.
The Trainer's Notes and PowerPoint provide full support.
The computer program is accessed via an online portal called the Northgate trainerhub (internet access is required to run the computer program).
I use 'Managing Time' as the opening activity in our Supervision & Delegation training - for those new(ish) to line management and supervisory roles. It's challenging but flexible as it can be debriefed in various ways depending on the needs/interests of the group. Brilliant! Northgate is my favourite provider of learning activities.
Anne Grove, Global Head - HR & Development , Cmed Ltd
Used with staff at all levels - 'Managing Time' has worked brilliantly and really sticks in people's minds. Love it! Easy to use and effective - great value for money.
Michael Shane, Newcastle College
I have just completed the 'Managing Time' activity today during a Leadership and Management programme. The feedback as usual was absolutely excellent. It is an intense interactive activity and sets the scene perfectly for deeper conversations about time management and delegation. The review questionnaires allow the groups to take part in an in depth self-reflection activity and the ability to send the computer report straight to the delegates' email addresses for additional review and action planning is an impressive feature.
Annie Lindsay, Director, Tickety-Boo Training