In the face of unpredictability and sudden changes, business acumen and leadership skills are more essential than ever. However, developing such skills usually requires years, if not decades, of experience. The problem is nowadays: we don’t have time to wait that long.
This is why MEGA Learning Business Simulations and DigitAll360 joined forces to design a program called “Business Leadership and Strategy”.
Learn the right set of skills for a VUCA world
VUCA is defined by Mindtools as an acronym that “stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. It describes the situation of constant, unpredictable change that is now the norm in certain industries and areas of the business world”. And VUCA has become our “new normal”. Our idea was to develop a short, flexible, and fast-paced workshop that would easily fit into the schedule of your high potentials, newly appointed managers, and future business leaders. It will foster their resilience, agility and adaptability and help them put the most essential business and leadership skills up to speed.
Short and compact also means we focus on essential skills that differentiate successful business leaders from the others.
Concretely, the program is structured along six skill development objectives:
- Situational leadership, and the ability to navigate social relationships across cultures, functions, and organizations.
- Analytical (and critical) thinking, which is about processing the right data to support decision-making, reflecting progressively, and adapt!
- Goal setting and performance, identify the right KPI for your business unit or organization, to measure advancement, as per your unique goals.
- Problem-solving mindset, in a fast-paced, dynamic, and ambiguous environment.
- Building great teams, where communication, empathy, and collaboration are practiced and lead to more efficiency.
- Strategic road-mapping, from a probabilistic perspective and taking the social aspect of its implementation into consideration.
Particularly strong in this program is how both individual capabilities and teamwork come hand in hand and help create a holistic learning journey. Our vision is to enable participants to contribute to organizations where the combined skills of the stakeholders are more than the sum of its components.
Learn better, thanks to our experience-based approach
So how do you integrate so many fundamental skills, in just a few blocks of 2 or 4 hours? The answer is our cyclical approach, tapping into a business simulation as the major learning tool:
The cyclical approach consists of 4 main phases: input, application, debrief/feedback and reset/reflect.
The input phase is where we introduce new concepts, ideas, tools, frameworks, and processes in a short and concise way. This phase is also where we get into the business simulation, its rules, its constraints, and its winning criteria. We explore the scenario with participants, to make sure they start off efficiently.
The application phase is where program participants are invited to implement said input into the dynamic environment of the business simulation, as they would in a real-life setup. This is also when participants make their business decisions within the game and type them into our web-based system.
Each round of decision leads to the next phase: the debrief and feedback phase. In this phase, the educator guides participants through the results of the previous simulation round, thereby either helping them back on tracks, or inviting them to pursue a given trajectory.
Finally, the reset and reflect phase is where participants take time to reflect individually, and as a group, to identify insights and key learnings, which they can bring with them home. It is also the moment where teams brainstorm, based on their results and insights from the debrief phase. They can receive new input from their educator and move on to the next application (or decision-making) phase.
Once a sequence is over, new input is provided, leading to a new sequence of the cycle.
Why is game-based learning so efficient?
Simulation training is a highly accelerated learning approach. It allows participants to assess what they already do and know, but also what is still needed to learn. They can try out new things in a realistic, risk-free environment, which creates an emotional connection to what they have learnt and are learning.
In a way, it tricks the brain into thinking this is the reality, and therefore activates the learning process: real learning and experience gathering takes place.
Customize the learning journey to your organizational needs
The “Business Leadership and Strategy” program, developed with senior business leaders, can be run off-the-shelf, allowing a fast deployment time into your organization.
However, we understand that each organization has their unique needs, in which case customizations and adaptations are welcome. That’s why we designed a flexible program, for which the scenario, length and focus of the skillsets can be easily tailored to your organization’s audience and background.
All the information related to the content, logistics and costs of this program can be found in the following flyer.
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