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Performance Management game


I am running a course that considers all aspects of performance management from training to appraisals and want to end the day with a group exercise that incorporates as many aspects as possible. The game will not take place until after dinner in the evening, so needs to be fun and lively (to prevent my managers from falling asleep!). I would be grateful for any thoughts!
Paula Knight

2 Responses

  1. Performance management game

    An exercise that I’ve run before and is great fun is to split your group into 3 teams. Ask each team to pick 1 of 3 pre-prepared envelopes. In each envelope is one word -PICTURE, PLAY OR SONG. They then have 30 minutes to draw a picture, write a play or write a song, depending on which envelope they have chosen. Whichever they have to do, it should contain the learning messages from the whole event. I sometimes give the people who are doing the play a box of ‘props’ which can be anything, the more diverse the better! At the end of 30 minutes they perform their play or song or present and explain their picture. If you have a member of senior management present, they could be a judge and you can give prizes for the best.
    Although people may initially groan at the thought, they are amazingly inventive.


  2. “devil’s advocate”…again!
    Hi Paula
    1. Sorry, this is not the support you have asked for.

    2. If you, and the delegate managers, are still working after dinner at the end of a long day training, what subliminal message is this sending about the management’s view of the work/life balance?
    … and what effect will this have on performance management in the organisation?


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