How can your people truly appreciate what it takes to run a business?
… By doing it! People remember what they do better than what they hear. That’s why we collaborate with like-minded commercial practitioners to design simulations which reflect our clients’ real commercial challenges. With our simulations there is no pre-set outcome. No computers to beat. No system to crack. Every simulation is unique and embeds our clients’ own leadership and business context.
Our simulations are much more than just another learning tool. They’re engaging, stimulating and highly interactive events that enable participants to learn by doing, just as they experience in real-life situations. They add variety to a training programme, generating a level of energy and enthusiasm that other events simply cannot match. And they reflect the fact that success in business is about people.
Ask participants about their experience of our simulations and the chances are they’ll tell you that they felt like they were part of a real business.
That’s what makes our simulations so effective – our experiential events engage people intellectually and emotionally, while tailored inputs and skilled facilitators enrich the experience further. Together, these factors also make our simulations extremely enjoyable, delivering immediate results and remembered for a long time afterwards.
This simulation emphasises the role that individuals play in combining commercial and financial skills with effective leadership skills and behaviours. Teams take charge of a business and are faced with strategic and operational issues. Teams have to establish their business vision and strategy, and profitably manage their business over a number of years. Participants benefit from:
- Exploring their leadership style and their impact on others
- Identifying the levers that can best steer businesses through challenges
- Developing a resilient approach to overcoming set backs.
This simulation can be tailored to mirror your organisation’s unique performance indicators, business and leadership context. In this way, participants experience challenges relevant to their jobs, helping them develop the right mix of skills that will benefit them when back in the workplace.
This simulation primarily focuses on individual leadership styles and developing techniques for taking people with you. Confronted with a variety of different tasks, team members have to first make a formal pitch to their colleagues as to which task they should lead. Working individually and in groups, they explore how to draw together a team and build a concerted commitment to success. Rotating the leadership responsibility, teams tackle a variety of tasks, and leaders receive peer feedback from their teams. Participants benefit from:
- Building and maintaining trust
- Creating an effective team
- Winning the support of others
- Choosing the right person for the job
- Giving and receiving constructive feedback
- Finding opportunities to celebrate success.
For several clients we design specific simulations on preparing managers for a more senior position within the organisation – be that a partner in a law firm, a director or a senior executive. All these simulations have one thing in common: they expose participants to the day-to-day and strategic challenges faced by their more senior colleagues. These simulations explore new leadership challenges, such as:
- Performance management discussions with senior colleagues
- Meeting project deadlines, prioritising and delegating tasks
- Pitching to clients for new work
- Meeting with suppliers or colleagues to give difficult news
- Preparing effective executive summaries for business cases.
Participants benefit from:
- Putting themselves in their boss’s shoes
- Stretching themselves by performing roles and tasks not normally undertaken at their existing work levels
- Receiving feedback on their performance and development needs.
This simulation reflects challenges facing typical business ventures: achieving adequate returns while managing business risks. Teams work separately in client relationship and risk management functions, steering through a variety of business challenges. Rotating between these roles, team members decide how to balance winning attractive business with taking appropriate risks. Insolvency poses an ongoing threat, but successful teams will have mastered their business challenges, met their business obligations and satisfied their shareholders. Participants benefit from:
- Managing the relationship between business income and expenditure
- Assessing and mitigating threats to success
- Delivering adequate financial returns while safeguarding ongoing operations.
This simulation focuses on risk assessment as a vital part of business management. It brings risk to life, and encourages participants to become active risk managers, identifying challenges and building adequate safeguards.