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assessment centre exercises


I have to put together an assessment centre to measure potential of team leaders to do a bigger management job.

I need to measure the whole range of management skills.

I need some exercises that I can adapt or use as is, to measure these .

Does anyone have any or know a good source of excercises.
I would guess that training session excercises maight help as well ie group practise sessions .

Need this a bit quick though

All help gratefully received
colin williams

5 Responses

  1. assessment centre exercises

    As you are seeking to identify potential do you really need to assess the whole range of managment skills? It may be a good idea to focus on what your executive see as the competencies required in the future to achieve corporate goals and build your programme around these.

    There are numerous approaches you can use, ranging from psychometric tests to group exercises and role plays. The key is to select those which will effectively rate or assess your chosen skills and competencies

    Good luck

    John Clough

  2. AC Exercises
    A range of AC exercise providers come to mind – OPP, SHL, A&DC, Criterion Partnership, Human Qualities. These will all come with assessor guides and will be based on generic competency areas – leaving you free to either tailor the assessor guides, or leaving as is. On-going costs tend to reflect the fact that you do not have to pay for their development.

    A further option would be to commission bespoke exercises – advantages being outright ownership, hence lower on-going costs, and direct (face & content validity) to the roles in question – though would obviously involve investing in their initial development.

    Regards, Conall

  3. AC Exercises
    Hi Colin, for the process to work you need to have a very clear idea about what it is you want to assess. Some exercises are more appropriate for measuring certain competencies than others. I’ve consulted extensively in this area over the past eight years and would be happy to talk you through some of the issues. Whatever you decide, best of luck.

    Regards Alan

  4. Exercises Available

    I have some non copyright exercises that I’ve used many times over the years which. I’d be happy to share these and my experience with you.

    email me if you’re interested.

    Richard Bryce
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  5. The exercises are not the issue!
    Colin, from much experience of ACs I have found that simple exercises / tasks are better as the observers / assessors must not get caught up in the tasks.
    I would suggest you choose a combination of quantitative and values based exercises / tasks and run the assessors throught the tasks at least a week before your AC. These exercises are plentiful in multiple exercise manuals.
    The assessments are only as good as the assessor preparation you put in with them!
    Hope all goes well.
    Alan Dyer


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