Participative Management Profile

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When leaders face situations in which critical decisions must be made, there is a need to find ways for them to carry out the best strategy consciously. However, there are times when disposing of the items in one’s in-basket often requires almost instantaneous decision making.

Leaders need to pause for a few moments to decide before actually delving into the situation itself. In this sense, then, awareness precedes meaningful choice. Thinking through decisions instead of simply making every decision (or delaying it) is time well spent, and a process requiring only a few moments if the leader has a few simple guidelines internalized. The Participative Management Profile (PMP)provides employees with those exact guidelines.

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How It Works

The importance of helping leaders explore participative management became apparent as the amount of confusion on the subject increased. The need was to have an inventory that not only might help to clear up the ambiguities but would provide simple, straightforward self-assessment and feedback on the subject of how leaders decide whether and how to involve their workgroups in the decision-making process.

The Participative Management Profile (PMP) focuses on enhancing the original (Maier) Model and writing items that illustrated the conditions under which various modes of decision making were indicated. PMP includes 20 common work situations that were not restricted to business or for-profit settings - ones with which most respondents would be able to identify. The items were written to the five items per decision-making mode. The instrument was then completed by creating an easy scoring system, interpretive material, and an opportunity for doing some action planning. In each of the 20 situations represented by the PMP, there are cues to which the respondents react in deciding how to decide.

Learning Outcomes

Building on previous research, HRDQ chose to create the PMP as a model-based assessment rather than use empirically-based scaling. In other words, we built a model based on the research and determined scales using the model rather than using statistical analyses. The model that PMP implements is normative; it specifies that under certain conditions, there is a "one best way" decision-making mode. The PMP incorporates what we see as the five major aspects of an optimized, decision-making process.

Uses and Applications

The PMP is an instrument intended for use with organizational leaders at all levels. The 20 typical work situations provided charge the leader with deciding how to decide. The respondent indicates one of four modes of decision making, and a profile is constructed that suggests the person's strengths and weaknesses in determining whether and how to involve others in decision making.

Product Details

Product Type: Assessment. The Facilitator Guide is an in-depth resource, designed to help trainers swiftly administrate the assessment.

Target Audience: Any manager or supervisor with decision-making responsibilities will find this tool useful.

Measures: This instrument measures the extent to which a leader optimizes commitment to implementing the decision on the part of the work group.

Dimensions: Decision making, critical thinking, and leadership skills.

Time Required: Assessment: 20 minutes. Scoring: 10 minutes. Discussion: 30 minutes.

What to Order

Starter Kit: Order One Kit for Up to Five Participants & One Trainer. 

Includes a Facilitator Guide and a five-pack of Paper Assessments.

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

This detailed, step-by-step guide for planning and delivering a powerful learning experience give you everything needed to facilitate a full day workshop. Background information, assessment instructions, scripts, discussion questions, activities, and samples of the assessment. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

A comprehensive takeaway that includes critical content, worksheets, and forms used during the workshop, as well as additional tools for on-the-job use.

About the Authors

William L. Bearly, Ed.E. is vice president of Organizational Universe Systems. He is an information system and organizational development consultant. He pioneered the fusion of OD with the introduction of management information systems.

John E. Jones, Ph.D. (1935-2003) was president of Organizational Universe Systems. He was a key contributor to training and organization development and a professor, trainer, presenter, counselor, and consultant. He received a BA from Wofford College and an MA and Ph.D. in 1965 from the University of Alabama.