Business Excellence Skillnet

Business Excellence Network

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DATES: 19th June 2012

TIME: 9am – 5pm

LOCATION: Cork - Hayfield Hotel

COST: €225 per member €295 per non member


Programme Overview

Precision questioning and precision answering (PQ) is a discussion format that uses the power of sustained, precise questioning to deepen thinking in ways that are beyond the reach of debate and brainstorming. It also improves the efficiency of conversations that can make our meetings more effective.  It is taught as a one-day workshop in which participants learn the core principles of PQ and how to apply these principles to their daily work.  Because individuals trained in PQ are able to apply the concepts from the workshop the next day, benefits are immediate. The workshop is interactive throughout and makes extensive use of video.

PQ was developed by Vervago (www.vervago.com) and is based on 20 years of studies by Stanford University.  More than 20,000 people in over 40 countries have taken the workshop.  Twenty-one of the companies in NASDAQ's Top 100 (including Microsoft) have invested in the workshop to enhance their employees' decision making, problem solving and communication skills.

 

 

Programme Objectives

What will you learn at a Precision Q+A workshop?

Our fast-paced, interactive Precision Q+A workshop will teach you all the tools you need for content-driven workplace conversations that emphasize tightly aligned questions and answers. The workshop uses exercises based on participants’ real work, so you apply every skill you learn in the workshop right away. In the course you will:

• Learn the seven categories of analytic questions

• Master the format for basic answers to precise analytic questions

• Answer questions directly and concisely

• Test your thinking rigorously

• Communicate clearly to improve the efficiency of a discussion

Why would you want to use Precision Q+A?

People from all levels of an organization benefit from Precision Q+A when their work requires them to:

• Attack complex problems from new angles

• Ask questions that get straight to the heart of things

• Surface risky assumptions or evaluate hidden risk factors

• Clarify thinking, create focus, and deepen analysis

• Test thinking from colleagues, vendors, customers, or other stakeholders

• Quickly learn new things or understand new technical areas

 

Target Audience

Executives Who:

• Want more dynamic communication about complex issues

• Strive to set high standards for evidence-based thinking

Managers who:

• Want to drive more effective execution through their teams

• Require more precision in question and answer exchanges

 

Employees who:

• Want to test their thinking rigorously before sharing it

• Desire heightened effectiveness, efficiency, and credibility in communication about complex workplace issues

 

Programme Content

In this one-day workshop, participants learn the core principles of PQ and how to apply these principles to their daily work. The workshop is interactive throughout and makes extensive use of video.

Topics include:

• Basic principles of Precision Questioning and Answering

• Learning the seven categories of Precise Questions

• Surfacing assumptions

• Rules of Precision Answering

• Practice applying PQ+A to participant’s own work

• Strategies for using PQ+A after the workshop“

 

Training Company Name and Website

Hosca (www.hosca.ie) are approved vendors to deliver the PQ&A workshop on behalf of Vervago (www.vervago.com)

 

Trainer Name and Bio

Michelle MacMahon will teach the workshop.

Michelle is a specialised Talent Management Consultant working as an Associate with Hosca Management Consultants.  Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and an MSc in Work and Organisational Behaviour. For her thesis she researched behaviours and trends among knowledge workers. Michelle is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Accredited by the European Federation of Psychologists and the British Psychological Society as a qualified test user in psychometric assessments.

Prior to Hosca, Michelle spent three years working with manufacturing organisations across Europe where she was responsible for business development; and five years as a specialist recruitment consultant. Earlier experience was gathered working in Human Resources within in the retail sector. Her combined experience provides her with the knowledge and expertise to align talent strategy with business strategy.

 

 

The Business Excellence Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.

For more information on Skillnets Ltd, please visit www.skillnets.ie

We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of free places for jobseekers on our network programmes subject to funding being available. Please click on the following link to check if you meet Jobseekers eligibility criteria

Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills

 


 

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