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Behaviour Sort Activity

4 powerful ways to introduce emotional intelligence within an organisation

This article provides you with instructions for the following activities, using the Genos Behaviour Sort Activity Card Decks.

  • #1 – Genos EI Model Activity (large group – 12 or more people)
  • #2 – Genos EI Model Activity (small group – less than 12 people)
  • #3 – Leadership Team Development Activity
  • #4 – Team Development Activity

 

Activity 1 – Explore the impact of emotionally intelligent behaviour in the workplace

GENOS EI MODEL — BEHAVIOUR SORT ACTIVITY (large group — 12 or more people)

OBJECTIVE: To identify the behaviours that underpin the competencies of the Genos EI Models.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Ideally positioned as an activity to introduce people to the competencies and associated behaviours of the Genos EI Models. The activity can be effectively integrated into an introductory session aimed at people who are about to undertake a Genos EI assessment. 

GROUP SIZE: This exercise is designed for medium to large groups — ideal minimum 12 people (2 people per group).

TIME: 30–45 mins

RESOURCES:

  • 1 pack of Genos Behaviour Cards (Leadership or Workplace Behaviours)
  • Blu Tack
  • Large whiteboard or training room wall

EXERCISE — SET-UP

  • Divide the 42 behaviours into 7 packs (6 behaviour cards per pack), with each pack to contain one behaviour from each competence of the Genos Model (for simplicity you can add all the Behaviour #1 cards to a pack and so on).
  • Place the competency heading cards on a whiteboard or training room wall.
  • Divide the audience into 7 smaller groups.

EXERCISE FACILITATION NOTES:

STEP 1

  • Invite each group to review their 6 behaviour cards and allocate the behaviours to place the behaviours against the competency to which they belong (the behaviours can be blu-tacked to a wall, flip chart or placed on a desk).
  • Encourage group discussion.
  • Be prepared to work through any errors and facilitate discussions on this basis.
  • On the completion of the exercise, invite broader group to step back and review the completed exercise.
  • Once finished move to the next part of the activity.

STEP 2

  • Ask each group to work on a single competency and to consider the 7 behaviours on it. Ask them to explore as a group, “What the impact of doing the behaviours well and poorly can be in your workplace.”

DEBRIEF:

  • By asking a spokesperson from each group to present their work to the rest of the group.

NOTES:

  • The exercise will highlight the behavioural nature of the Genos Assessment.
  • Attention can be drawn to all survey items being observable and measurable.
  • The Genos EI models are best seen as holistic with inter-relationships across competencies.
  • Highlight that the items have been selected based on 15 years of research, through understanding how people high in emotional intelligence use their underlying skills, abilities and experiences to do with emotions in the leadership of others or general workplace behaviour.
  • The survey items represent a body of work and research conducted by Genos in the field of emotional intelligence.

Activity 2 – Explore the impact of emotionally intelligent behaviour in specific job roles

GENOS EI MODEL — BEHAVIOUR SORT ACTIVITY (small group — less than 12 people) 

OBJECTIVE: To identify the behaviours that underpin the competencies of the Genos EI Models.

TARGET AUDIENCE: Ideally positioned as an activity to introduce people to the competencies and associated behaviours of the Genos EI Models. The activity can be effectively integrated into an introductory session aimed at people who are about to undertake a Genos EI assessment.

GROUP SIZE: This exercise is designed for a small group to work collectively.

TIME: 30–45 mins

RESOURCES:

  • 1 pack of Genos Behaviour Cards (Leadership or Workplace Behaviours)
  • Blu Tack
  • Large whiteboard, flip charts or training room wall

EXERCISE — SET-UP

  • Spread the 42 behaviour cards randomly across a large table.
  • Place the competency heading cards on a whiteboard or training room wall.

EXERCISE FACILITATION NOTES:

STEP 1

  • Invite the group to pick up any of the behaviour cards and to place the cards against the competency to which they belong (the behaviours can be blu-tacked to a wall, flip chart or placed on a desk).
  • Encourage group discussion.
  • Be prepared to work through any errors and facilitate discussions on this basis.
  • On the completion of the exercise invite broader group to step back and review the completed exercise.
  • Once finished, move to the next part of the activity.

STEP 2

  • Ask the group to consider a job role. Offer examples such a ‘Call Centre Manager’, ‘Customer Service Manager’ or ‘Change Manager’.
  • Ask the group to identify the top 6 behaviours needed for success in this role.
  • Ask the group to determine the impact on people of displaying these top 6 behaviours effectively and ineffectively. 

DEBRIEF:

  • By asking the group to summarise their insights.

NOTES:

  • The exercise will highlight the behavioural nature of the Genos Assessment.
  • Attention can be drawn to all survey items being observable and measurable.
  • The Genos EI models are best seen as holistic with inter-relationships across competencies.
  • Highlight that the items have been selected based on 15 years of research, through understanding how people high in emotional intelligence use their underlying skills, abilities and experiences to do with emotions in the leadership of others or general workplace behaviour.
  • The survey items represent a body of work and research conducted by Genos in the field of emotional intelligence.

Activity 3 – Help leaders identify opportunities to develop the most important leadership behaviours to their teams

LEADERSHIP TEAM DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY

TARGET AUDIENCE: A leadership team who have each received a Genos EI Leadership 360 or 180 Assessment report.

GROUP SIZE: 3–20

TIME: 45–60 mins

RESOURCES:

EXERCISE — SET-UP

  • Place the competency heading cards on a whiteboard or training room wall.
  • Place the behaviours under each competency, 1 through to 7.

 EXERCISE FACILITATION NOTES:

STEP 1

  • Invite the group to briefly review their personal Genos EI Leadership Assessment reports.
  • Ask the group to pay particular attention to the importance scores achieved from their teams (competency and item level).
  • Invite each person to identify the top six behaviours they consider most important for the leadership team to demonstrate.
  • Each person is to place their six stickers against the selected leadership behaviours.
  • On the completion of the exercise, invite the group to step back and review.
  • Facilitate a group discussion about the selected leadership priorities.
  • Once finished move to the next part of the activity.

STEP 2

  • Invite the team to select the top 3 leadership behaviours (this could be done with different coloured stickers).
  • Facilitate an action planning discussion around these 3 priority items.

DEBRIEF:

  • By asking the group to summarise their insights and actions.

NOTES:

  • There are multiple adaptations to this exercise, which could include the number of behaviours selected by each person during Step 1, and the number prioritised for action at Step 2.
  • The exercise can be adapted by inviting participants to identify leadership team strengths and opportunities for development (using different coloured stickers for each).
  • The Leadership Development Tips Workbook can be used as a resource during the action planning phase of the exercise.

Activity 4 – Help teams identify their strengths for leverage and opportunities for development

TEAM DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITY

TARGET AUDIENCE: An intact team who have either received, or are about to receive, a Genos EI Workplace Behaviours 360 or 180 Assessment report.

GROUP SIZE: 3–20

TIME: 45–60 mins

RESOURCES:

  • 1 pack of Genos Workplace Behaviour Cards
  • Blu Tack
  • Large whiteboard, flip charts or training room wall
  • Small stickers (2 colours — suggest red and green)

EXERCISE — SET-UP

  • Place the competency heading cards on a whiteboard or training room wall.
  • Place the behaviours under each competency, 1 through to 7.

EXERCISE FACILITATION NOTES:

STEP 1

  • Invite each person to identify three team strengths and three areas for team development.
  • Each person to place their stickers against the selected behaviours, using a different colour for strengths and development areas.
  • On the completion of the exercise, invite the group to step back and review.
  • Facilitate a group discussion about the selections.
  • Once finished, move to the next part of the activity.

STEP 2

  • Invite the team to select the top three strengths and three areas for development (this could be done with different coloured stickers or whiteboard pens).
  • Facilitate an action planning discussion around these 6 items.

DEBRIEF:

  • By asking the group to summarise their insights and actions.

NOTES:

  • There are multiple adaptations to this exercise which could include the number of behaviours selected by each person during Step 1, and the number prioritised for action at Step 2.
  • The Workplace Behaviours Development Tips Workbook can be used as a resource during the action planning phase of the exercise.

The exercise can be used to help a team shape their values and behaviours via a team charter.

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