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Shining in a group exercise

 
#1 Shining in a group exercise
04/02/2003 00:00

Nick Bourne

I have a final round assessment day with Deloitte Consulting in London. As part of the assessment we have a group case study. I enjoy group exercises, do not overshadow the group, and take time to listen. However, are there any tips for really shining in a group exercise?

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#2 Re: Shining in a group exercise
04/02/2003 00:00

Peter A Hunter

Nick, Consider why you are doing the exercise. If you are being employed as an expert then you could be expected to shine. If however you are being employed to facilitate and implement process's to the benefit of others then you should question whether you will be most impressive by shining, or by helping the group to achieve its aims through influence and facilitation. Try to give someone else the credit for the groups success. In a client facing scenario do you want to claim the credit and alienate the client or allow the client to feel that he did it himself?

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#3 Re: Shining in a group exercise
08/02/2003 00:00

Alan Arnett

Nick

You didn't say when the exercise is so, if its happened, hope it went well. If it hasn't, here's another tip.

Try to be your best self and be flexible to the needs of the situation and the group - its how you do what you do, rather than what you do per se which will make a difference. It could be that the group gets messy and confused for example. What they will need is direction, but there are (at least) 2 ways of doing that - grabbing the reins and sorting them out in a controlling way, or helping them stick with the mess and gradually nudging them through it avoiding big conflicts.

It also depends on what you mean by shine - some people polish themselves up and preen, which means they are shiny but don't help the group much and won't get the job; other people can shine by quietly working away to get the group to achieve its objective.

I regularly coach people to help them get in a good resourceful state for occasions just like this so if you want to get in touch let me know. Alan Arnett 07801 340129

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#4 Re: Shining in a group exercise
11/02/2003 00:00

Nick Bourne

Many thanks for your advice Alan - I read it after the assessment day unfortunately. However, I managed to get an offer!

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#5 Re: Shining in a group exercise
19/03/2003 00:00

Just out of interest - what was the group excercise/what did you have to do and what do you think you did that made them give you an offer?

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