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Alice Ma

Fortune Pharmacal Co. Ltd.

Organization and People Development Manager

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Training game or activity Required


I'm looking for training game or activity to allow our newly promoted manager to have a mindset change from the perspective of an individual contributor to a manager.  Does anyone have anything to share?

Much appreciated.

4 Responses

  1. Manager
    Hi SK

    I think a Management or Leadership course would be more appropriate than a game or activity.

    In fact almost anything would be more appropriate than a game or activity.

    Best regards


  2. Stepping up

    Hi SK

    If a training course is out of the question, why not arrange some work shadowing and coaching/mentoring.  Select another more experienced and successful manager and arrange for the new manager to shadow them during particular aspects of their management role for example, planning, work allocation, supervision, delagation/allocation of work/ monitoring and giving feedback etc etc.  This can be an ongoing process and the other manager can act as coach and/or mentor (whichever is more appropriate to your organisation).  By talking to other managers and experiencing their role, perspectives will change.

    Hope this helps



  3. OU material


    I think Angela’s idea is excellent. A coach or mentor will make the transition easier. There is free OU material on managing which you or the new manager may want to access if they want to ‘teach themselves’




  4. New Manager activity

    Linking the idea of spinning plates to John Adairs three circles of leadership/management is useful for new managers.

    Get them to spin plates – paper ones to keep the health and saftey guys happy – on top of pencils held up by others or stuck on a desk with blue tac a reasonable distance apart.

    The plates represent the functions of developing individuals , team development and goal acheivement focus. Before starting they should write on the plates different day to day actions that fit in the different catagories.

    This helps think about the different aspects of the managers job and illustrated how hard it is to keep them all spinning if you don’t keep your attention on all of them all the time.

    Keep moving the plates further apart to make it more difficult.

    Toby Buckle


    Coaching and Training



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