Set Your Objective!

  • Set Your Objective!

Establish SMART objectives - and put them to the test. Reveals common failings - every time. Great fun!

Learning Objectives

  • Allows for group decision-making on which objectives to set
  • Highlights need for realistic objectives to be set
  • Stresses importance of calculating how long tasks will take
  • Tests teams’ ability to work together under pressure
  • Demonstrates need to know the time and date when tasks are due
  • Participants

    3-24 (up to four teams of 3-6 per team)

  • Timing

    1 hour

  • Uses a computer?

    Not required

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The Activity

This activity is in two parts – the first lasts 40 minutes and the second 25 minutes. In the first period, teams plan for the second period. They have to decide how many of eight tasks they will do – they have details of the eight tasks but not enough information to start them.

In the coming 25 minute period they also have a main task to do (of which they have details) as well as an ‘unexpected task’. Trying to do all the tasks is too much – but just how many tasks should teams attempt? They need to set realistic objectives and if they have an awareness of time planning there is a means to do this – often overlooked!

Trainer's Role

  • Divide participants into teams.
  • Issue Briefing Folders and explain the activity. Allow 40 minutes Planning Time.
  • At the end of the 40 minutes, collect Contract Sheets and issue specific task details for those tasks teams have chosen to complete.
  • Allow groups to begin on the Action Phase. After 15 minutes, issue the Unexpected Task. After 25 minutes, check each team’s Main Task.
  • Award scores and lead a Debrief on team experiences and key lessons about planning, time management and setting objectives.
  • Link to the workplace and how team members can improve their own performance at work.

Pack Contents

  • Trainer’s Notes
  • Team Folders
  • Task Cards
  • Straws (for tower)
  • Contract Sheet Pad
  • Scoresheet

All groups love 'Set your Objective!'.

Employee Development Officer, Scottish Council

I use 'Set your Objective!' as a time management exercise with all staff, Sales, Production, Credit Control, Marketing, IT etc. I run the first part before lunch and the second part after lunch. It brings out a lot of aspects of people’s personalities. It shows that people tend to take on too much and when under pressure they focus on things that they are comfortable with.

Kim Summers, United Advertising Publications

'Set Your Objective!' is a fun, group activity, which draws out common failings around organising your day. Used to support training on 'Organising Your Day', the best learning points are: not to rush into action; to understand your brief fully; and not make assumptions.

Ben Steedon, Family Investments

Love 'Set Your Objective!'. Works 100% every time. Excellent!

Martin Clarke, Inspire Change

Set Your Objective was very well received and made the point effectively - namely, don't select the jobs you like doing - rather, select the jobs that need to be done! I am very pleased with it!

S Kelly, Lowton Training Services

We use Set Your Objective! on our ILM 2 programme so that delegates can learn how to plan and monitor work. It mirrors real life with priority tasks that have to be completed, but tasks that look easier and more fun often take up more time than planned. Will they allocate the right tasks to the right people, will they monitor progress against the plan, what about Plan B if the unexpected happens. They learn, the hard way, but for you the trainer- everything you need is provided by Northgate!

Neil Porter, Training Specialist, Supervisory Development, BAPCO, Bahrain

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