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Diamond Ranking for Decision Making

Diamond Ranking for Decision Making
Exercises, Creativity, Decision Making

Article Rating:::: 47 Ratings :::: Monday, August 22, 2016

When making decisions, you often need to choose between a series of options. When told to rank options, people sometimes want to give the same rank to multiple options. In some cases, it might be more important to learn about the most and least preferred options rather than to spend time judging between the middle choices.

A technique known as Diamond Ranking can help you focus on the most and least preferred options.

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What Are the Basic Principles of Memory

What Are the Basic Principles of Memory
Public Speaking, Exercises, Decision Making, Attention and Focus, Memory

Article Rating:::: 62 Ratings :::: Monday, June 20, 2016

This is a fantastic exercise in teaching a number of important topics related to memory and retention. The exercise is actually rather simple—going through a list of words and recalling what has been stated. However, the way the list is structured helps to cover various interesting topics in relation with memory such as the following:

  • Effect of primacy on memory
  • Effect of recency on memory
  • Repetition
  • Element of surprise
  • False-memory
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Training Technique: Combined Ranking

Training Technique: Combined Ranking
Exercises, Train the Trainer, Decision Making, Planning, Learning

Article Rating:::: 53 Ratings :::: Monday, May 9, 2016

When delivering training courses, sometimes you need to get the delegates go through an exercise that involves sorting cards. Card sorting is a training activity where you get the delegates to think about a subject and vote by sorting a number of options. Sometimes they may need to generate these options before sorting them. Usually, the aim is to pick the best option or find a consensus on how to move forward.

Here, you will be introduced to a variation of card sorting that makes the process systematic for a group of delegates and allows them to make a decision collectively.

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Form a Line Based on Your Birthday

Form a Line Based on Your Birthday
Exercises, Icebreakers, Team Building, Communication Skills, Exercises for Kids, Decision Making, Large Group

Article Rating:::: 148 Ratings :::: Monday, January 18, 2016

In this exercise delegates get to form a line based on the order of their birthdays without talking. It provides an opportunity for nonverbal communication, self-organisation, nominating a leader if necessary and quick decision making.

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Pluses, Potentials and Concerns

Pluses, Potentials and Concerns
Exercises, Team Building, Decision Making, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 64 Ratings :::: Monday, August 26, 2013

This is a decision making exercise that allows you to choose the best ideas from a set of ideas. Since each idea is considered in detail, this technique is more useful when you can focus enough on each idea. Hence, it is not suitable if you have many ideas to consider or want to use quantitative methods to reduce the number of options available.

It is best to run this exercise for a group of people who are from the same organisation so that everyone can focus on the same problem.

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Idea Selection Exercise: The ATAR Technique

Idea Selection Exercise: The ATAR Technique
Exercises, Decision Making, Marketing, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 70 Ratings :::: Monday, August 19, 2013

The ATAR acronym stands for Awareness, Trial, Availability, Repeat. It is a technique used to filter through ideas based on a number of criteria. It can be used to understand customers’ perception of a product or service. Hence, it is an ideal marketing tool. The technique can help you recognise your potential customers and to make informed decisions based on this discovery.

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Decision Making: The NAF Technique

Decision Making: The NAF Technique
Exercises, Team Building, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 72 Ratings :::: Monday, June 24, 2013

A particularly useful technique in brainstorming and decision making is the NAF technique. The acronym stands for New, Appeal and Feasibility. It is basically a simple way to score ideas to see if they are worth pursuing or implementing. It also helps you to see what you can do to increase the probability of success when developing or implementing an idea.

The NAF technique is not necessarily a mathematical decision making technique. It is designed to measure gut feelings about particular ideas and hence it very much relies on participant’s instincts and judgement. Since the technique relies on emotions it is a great complementary method that can be used in conjunction with logical and quantitative decision making techniques. This helps to give an overall idea on the probability of success for any given creative thought.

In short, the NAF technique allows the team to measure its enthusiasm for following up with a given idea or its implementation.

This exercise is ideal for members of a team that need to brainstorm on a specific problem. However, you can easily run the exercise for delegates that come from different organisations so long as you can get them to work on a common problem for the purpose of this exercise.

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Teambuilding Exercise: Handle Toxic Waste

Teambuilding Exercise: Handle Toxic Waste
Exercises, Team Building, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Resource Management, Outdoors

Article Rating:::: 121 Ratings :::: Monday, April 15, 2013

In this team building exercise, the group must work together to handle toxic waste symbolised by an object. Many areas can be explored in this exercise including leadership, problem solving, teamwork, communication skills and attention to detail. You can easily adjust the difficulty level of this exercise by varying the type of equipment used or changing a number of parameters as described in the Variations section below.

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Pictorial Problem Solving

Pictorial Problem Solving
Exercises, Creativity, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 71 Ratings :::: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Words can sometimes limit creativity. Humans are generally very visual and have evolved to sense the world primarily thorough focused looking and observation. As a result, a large part of the brain is dedicated to visual processing.

To analyse problems we can tap into this huge potential processing power by visualising problems. There have been many studies in this area which has led to exceptionally useful tools such as mind maps which are great for creative thinking.

This exercise helps delegates to express a problem using images. It is much more free flow than mind maps as it is not restricted to any particular method. This allows people to think more visually about a problem and break through the limitations imposed by thinking primarily in words.

Pictorial problem solving is also ideal for brainstorming as it makes it easier to communicate ideas.

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Handout: Problem Solving Questions

Handout: Problem Solving Questions
Exercises, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Brainstorming

Article Rating:::: 49 Ratings :::: Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The following is a series of questions presented under a number of categories that help to analyse a given problem. The set of questions can be used in a handout for people who want to explore a given problem. The questions help delegates to consider different aspects of the problem and create a structured approach in asking the right questions.

You can also use this handout in problem solving exercises or as an extra training resource that can be made available to delegates while going through another exercise when addressing problems.

Instructions: For each question, consider the contrasting opposites and see where your problem lies. Then add more details as necessary to define the problem further in relation with the opposites mentioned in the question.

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