This type of exerciseses simulate a situation where the participant has to meet with another member of staff (played by a role player) in order to achieve a specific objective. The participant is given background information and a period of time to prepare for the meeting. He/she is usually required to give feedback, conduct a performance review or counsel an employee.
In this exercise the participant takes on the role of a national sales manager working for a travel company. He/she is required to meet with one of his/her regional sales managers who has been experiencing problems with several members of his/her team and wants some guidance on how to manage these. The exercise calls for the participant to guide the regional manager in how best to coach and develop his/her team. This role play simulates a meeting where a senior manager has to coach and develop a subordinate manager to manage his/her team effectively.
The participant assumes the role of a depot manager in a parcel delivery company. He/she is asked to hold a review meeting with a night shift manager. Issues that require discussion include managing crisis situations, achieving targets, customer focus and security. This exercise can be used on a standalone basis or in conjunction with the Passel Beech Valley in-tray exercise.
In this exercise the participant takes the part of a business manager working for an IT company called Let Us
Help (LUH). He/she meets with a colleague, Jo, who is a sales manager in the same company and is responsible for selling LUH’s services in a particular region. The participant is not Jo’s boss but has overall responsibility for the sales success of one of the services Jo is selling. The participant must coach Jo to enable him/her to improve his/her sales performance.
The participant assumes the role of Head of Corporate Banking for Balcon Bank. His/her task is to hold a discussion with one of his/her direct reports, Jamie Stevenson, the Head of Management Buy Outs, about his/her performance. The participant is given information about Jamie’s performance which includes the results of a recent 360 degree feedback exercise; customer feedback; a member of the team’s exit interview report; some information about the Bank’s strategic priorities and a potential new revenue opportunity. He/she must then prepare to hold a 30 minute meeting with Jamie.