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Career Planning in a Manufacturing Organization

Having started his working life as a mechanical engineer, Brian P. had spent nine years ‘plugging slots’ in a large manufacturing organization, usually in the role of Development Manager. At the time of the assessment, he had 18 months left to go in his present position and had been advised to talk to other department heads to see if there was another role for him within the organization. He felt very unsure about the kind of role he wanted, so the assessment was intended to help him to consider what his ideal role would be.

The two halves of elemental provide an objective view of what he wants from the work situation and how he likes to operate in his career generally. Discussing the results made clear the extent to which the ideal could be matched up with the reality of what was on offer, with reference to his present skills and experience.

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A Technical Specialist in a General Management Role

This profile is that of a technical specialist who was assessed to discover why she was having difficulty adjusting to a managerial role she had taken on in a small but rapidly growing manufacturing company Her profile suggests that she is best suited to a clearly defined maintaining role in which she has responsibility for a technical area she is very familiar with, but her duties were in fact far more wide ranging. She described her main responsibilities at that time as planning ahead, dealing with the team to ensure smooth running of the operation, and reacting to unpredictable situations, and she was particularly concerned about the lack of support available given the unusual breadth of her role.

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Judging ‘Culture Fit’ in a Service Industry

A consultant in a large firm of recruitment specialists was to be promoted to the role of Regional Manager, and there was a choice of two offices he could be put in charge of:

  • a large, well established office with lots of prestige, many staff, and a successful system already operating;
  • a smaller office that was just starting up and had yet to break into the market place in that area.

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