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Trainer’s Tip: Competency Workshops


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Buffy Sparks gets advice from member Mike Burney-cumming on content for a workshop focusing on competencies and competency-based interviewing.

Here is an exercise I have used successfully in the past. It works work well with competencies and appraisals.

It involves having a collection of Paintings, A3 size. Any Art type pictures or scenes will do, even photographs. These are posted around the room. When attendees arrive pair them up and ask them to rate the pictures and post their ratings on a flip chart score pad you have already put up. Do not elaborate on these instructions ask them to go with what they have got.

This simple exercise gets people moving around and mixing early on it also highlights the need for a framework and how bias and prejudice can produce wildly differing results.

You will also find that people disagree quite a lot and this provides another learning point that in the absence of a framework it can be difficult to agree. As a variation you can also give them a second question such as which pictures have the most sky and the widest variety of colours.

This makes it easier for them to decide and you can highlight how competency framework helps by providing a systematic basis for making judgements.

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