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Management Training News: w/c 29th May 2011

Management Training Resources: w/c 29th May 2011

This week, we put the spotlight on one of the most famous of teambuilding games, "The Nine Dots". Find out why it became one of the classics of the Disney organisation in the first link below.

Other items in this week's "Management Training Resources" include a look at the life and work of one of our favourite management gurus, Charles Handy; why you should avoid trips to Abilene; part one of the top 10 icebreakers of 2010; and how to split an orange between two competitive sisters.


Spotlight on... "The Nine Dots" Teambuilder

29._the_nine_dots_142  “The Nine Dots" is a classic thinking puzzle originally developed by Sam Lloyd in his book "Cyclopedia of Puzzles" in 1914. It then became one of the key models used by the Disney organisation in the 1950's and 60's. In this MTL Teambuilder, we give the game an updated twist. Not only does the design of our game encourage trainees to think outside the box and find the traditional solution; it also trains them to use their creativity to find unconventional solutions... more


Management Gurus: Charles Handy

charleshandy02 Charles Handy is regarded as one of the most influential management thinkers of the last 50 years. He has been consistently listed in the Thinkers 50, a private list of the top management thinkers in the world. Through a range of books, such as "The Future of Work", "The Age of Unreason", and "The Elephant and the Flea", he has brought a range of models and ideas to the attention of many practising executives including his idea of the "portfolio worker" and the "shamrock organisation". Many of his ideas are incorporated in ManageTrainLearn courses. Here are 3 of them... more


Why You Should Avoid Unplanned Trips to Abilene

theabileneparadox_175 The Abilene paradox is a story in which a group of people collectively decide on a course of action that none of them really want to take but say they do because they think it's best for the team. It arises when people believe it would be wrong to challenge what appears to be the team or team leader's will or when people think their own views are unimportant. The paradox is closely related to the concept of Groupthink which has been thought responsible for some of the worst-ever corporate and political decisions such as the Bay of Pigs fiasco during the Kennedy administration of the early 1960's... more


The Top 10 Icebreakers of 2010, Part One

top10icebreakers_175 Have you ever wondered what the top 10 icebreakers are? If so, we have some answers for you. The Continuing Education section of About.com ran a survey amongst their users to find the most popular introduction exercises on their courses. Next week, we'll tell you what the top 5 were. But this week we'll give you the bottom half of the top 10... more


How to Split One Orange Between Two Sisters

orange_142 Management guru, Mary Parker Follett, tells the story of two highly competitive sisters quarrelling over a single orange that they both wanted. Neither of them would budge until their mother intervened and decided that the only way to resolve the dispute was to cut the orange straight down the middle and give each sister one half each. The first sister then squeezed her orange half to make a drink of fresh orange juice while the second sister grated her orange half for peel to add to orange scones. As a result, the sisters only got half of what they wanted... more