How It Works
This exciting simulation game demonstrates how a supervisor puts the five key supervisory skills to work. Presented with a predetermined set of toy parts and charged with building an escape plane, each group elects a supervisor who guides the construction project using the five supervisory skills. A series of "setbacks" and "lucky breaks" both complicates and facilitates the group’s work, and challenges the supervisor. The simulation ends when the reconstructed plane is deemed airworthy. After the models are completed (approximately 60 minutes later), participants take part in a group discussion on the use of the five supervisory skills used during the activity.
Uses and Applications
Flight from Savo is designed for supervisors with minimum to moderate experience, but it can also be used as a refresher for more seasoned supervisors. We recommend using the game in conjunction with our best-selling learning instrument, the Supervisory Skills Questionnaire. Based on the same model, the Supervisory Skills Questionnaire pinpoints skill strengths and weaknesses. Flight from Savo then offers supervisors a fun and interactive way to practice, experience, and discuss the key skills.
- Learn five fundamental supervisory skills
- Practice the five skills in an engaging "live" group project
- Receive direct feedback on skill strengths and weaknesses
- Understand the challenges of being a supervisor
- Determine which skills one can apply to be more effective on the job
The ability to balance the goals of the organization with the needs of the work group is the common thread that runs through five key supervisory skill dimensions. These dimensions are the focus of Flight from Savo and include:
- Guiding the Work: Taking the direction of the organization and translating it into actionable plans for the work group.
- Organizing the Work: Assigning people, equipment, and tasks to meet work goals.
- Developing Your Staff: Actively working to increase the skill level of each employee being supervised.
- Managing Performance: Removing the obstacles to better performance so employees can meet their own and the organization’s objectives.
- Managing Relations: Developing and maintaining good relationships with other groups so that the supervisor’s employees and the organization meet their goals.