This exercise is all about how to lead your team: setting out the culture and how you will operate as a person-manager; delegate to strengthen your team where they are inefficient; play to their strengths to get the best results; address conflict and tension; make people feel more appreciated and included; and support those looking for promotion.
You need to set out this leadership approach and give out these tasks to sort out a project/solve a problem with a project or come up with a new initiative. You will be given a specific task that needs managing and they want the detail of how to do it as if they are saying, “go ahead, do it now”. So think of it like that, and get down what you would do – what tasks to perform, who to email, who to consult, how long will it all take, what are the risks, and how can you mitigate them.
This is something you have to orally brief on (and cover all the above) in the 30-minutes discussion with your assessor who will question your approach in more detail. Your assessors can only give you marks against what you tell them, in line with the Behaviours and Strengths. If you haven’t given them evidence, they ask further and dig further to try and facilitate you demonstrating these Behaviours – your assessors are decent people trying to give you your best chance of scoring well at FSAC. They are not trying to trip you up nor catch you out. Their questions are clues and helping you. We show you how to use this to score well too.
You will have 30 minutes to prepare your briefing beforehand and this is where you will come up with your solution, structure and briefing. This will be challenging and a lot to cover in that time but we’ll give you a methodical tool to approach this exercise.