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Key skills: making a difference
Key skills: making a difference

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9.7.1 Take a leading role in managing an activity

If the planning has been considered and negotiated and schedules and resources identified, managing the group progress may just involve checking on progress against agreed deadlines. You need to know how to obtain and use effectively the resources needed (such as materials, tools, access to equipment, help from others) and try to make constructive use of time, both yours and that of other group members. Managing an activity also means being able to delegate and negotiate quality and standards of work to be achieved. If the group works well, collective responsibility should share the load and achieve high-quality outcomes. But some groups work less well than others and require more intervention. You need to be alert to problems such as conflict or apathy and take steps to keep the work on task and on time.

Time out

Decide on those aspects of the activity that are critical for success and use the information to help you monitor progress.