Who’s In Charge Here? Practical Role Analysis

Role Analysis is a powerful tool for assessment and educational planning as well as for developing socially aware workplaces. It removes labels of good and bad and instead looks at what roles (collections of behaviors) move us forward (toward our goals), keep us in the same place, or move us backwards. It can be used with individuals as well as groups.

Format: The workshop consists of didactic presentations, experiential activities, and discussions/ processing. Participants will practice developing role descriptions of various interpersonal and organizational roles and explore which roles move the group forward, move the group backward, or maintain the status quo. Further exploration will focus on issues of role fatigue, role compatibility, and the need for role training.

Participants: This workshop is ideal for staff and/ or members of the Boards of Directors of organizations of any type who wish to explore perhaps in a new way how to create more effective, efficient, and friendly work environments. This workshop can also serve a critical function in situations in which certain key personnel are leaving or being re-assigned and is an ideal instrument for board development as well.

Outcomes – Participants will be able to:

  • list the categories and sub-categories used in role analysis;
  • develop role descriptions of roles essential to smooth functioning as well as those that hamper progress;
  • describe how to conduct a role analysis of the organization or subgroups within it; and,
  • explain organizational/ board development objectives in terms of role training and role transformation.

Logistics: This workshop is offered as a half day (3-4 hours) or full day workshop with 6-7 hours of workshop time that includes a lunch break. Start and end times are negotiable. Space needs include a room that is large enough to accommodate the people involved that has movable chairs with tables off to the side. We also need a blackboard or whiteboard and appropriate chalk/ markers.