The 30-Minute Manager! is an easy-to-use, stand-alone, generic activity. It’s ideal for the start of training courses for new managers and supervisors and as a refresher for existing managers.
This Northgate training activity comes with a licence for repeat use with up to 24 participants per training session within your organisation. Please ask for a discount for use with larger groups.
3-24 (up to 4 teams of 3-6 per team)
30 minutes + debrief
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Each team has a set of 62 cards, each stating a characteristic that a manager or supervisor might possess - some desirable, some less desirable, some irrelevant.
First, teams must sort the cards into four groups of attributes: Personal, Organisational, Interpersonal and Irrelevant. They then reduce the cards to just 30 (spread roughly over the three categories) that best describe their view of the perfect manager.
They score their profile against the ‘definitive profile’ supplied. (Teams may suggest that ‘the definitive profile’ can be refined – which all makes for good debate.)
How do individuals match up to the profile? What are their strengths and weaknesses? The act of sorting the statements and the elimination process stimulates valuable discussion about manager attributes and creates a view of the ‘whole’ manager.
Please note: This is a revised, redesigned and updated version of our bestselling What Makes a Manager? (no longer available).
The timing for this activity can be flexible from 30 to 45 minutes.
We use 'The 30-Minute Manager!' (formerly 'What Makes a Manager?') a lot - especially with new managers. It gets them talking and focusing on what management is all about.
F. Brawn, 3M UK
I ran 'The 30-Minute Manager' activity in the first module of our ‘New Managers’ programme. It worked really well and the delegates really enjoyed it. It helped them to identify that being a good manager is about having good people skills – as well as technical skills. It reinforced nicely, that what they were about to learn over the course of the programme is really important.
Sarah Stevens, Learning and Development Business Partner, TLT LLP
I use this activity regularly and it works really well. It's great for provoking discussion around what defines a good manager. Thank you!
Jo Downes, Learning & Development Manager, FPS