Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions most frequently asked about our business simulation.
If there is anything we’ve missed, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As we always say during our courses, there is only one stupid question – the question you didn’t ask!
Is there a minimum number of participants?
We have found that 12 participants is the minimum required to get the best results, as the dynamics of the simulation are reliant on interaction between participants within each team and with competing teams. However, that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. If you don’t have enough people, why not combine with another small business to make up the numbers? Alternatively, contact us to discuss a solution.
Is there a maximum number?
18 is ideal: it means that participants can divide into six teams of three and we can give everybody plenty of individual attention. But, again, that’s not a hard-and-fast rule. If you have a larger group we’ll still be able to make it work. Contact us for a solution.
How long is the course?
The course usually lasts one or two full days, depending on the amount of content you would like us to cover and its complexity. However, the simulation can also work within practically any timeframe. Contact us to find out the different solutions we can provide for you.
Which different types of businesses are the courses designed for?
Our workshops are appropriate for all business sectors from manufacturing and construction to retail, professional services and educational institutions. They can also be used as an assessment tool (see the final FAQ question.) We are experienced across the whole spectrum and the skills we cover are relevant to all businesses, regardless of size and regardless of industry.
How do you make the course relevant to my organisation?
We’ll take the time to talk with you and understand the specific strategy and objectives of your business, together with the key focus areas you would like us to examine more closely during the course. The simulation will constantly draw parallels between what is happening in the game and the “real life” challenges your business faces, whether that is profit, sales, cash or working capital. Participants will be fully aware that understanding how your business works, and the value they can bring to your business, is what the game is about.
Is there a winner?
We prefer to refer to it as “the most successful company”. At the end of the simulation, the “companies” in the room will be offered the opportunity to “buy shares” in whichever company they believe will drive best value for its shareholders – just like in real life! They will also take into account all of the factors, subjective and objective, which influence that decision. The “most successful company” is the one that receives the most investment.
Is there any pre-work?
No, we don’t expect participants to do any work before joining us for the course.
Who is the course for?
The course is designed for anybody who wants to get a better understanding of how business works: Marketing, HR, Accounts, Sales, Communications, Technical, R&D, Production… the list is endless. It is suitable for all levels from CEO to Directors to Junior roles, from high potentials to current leaders to the leaders of the future. Bringing everyone together not only helps to ensure a more thorough understanding of each other’s individual roles but also encourages a deeper appreciation of the contributions they all play in making your organisation a success.
Can the course be adapted for any other scenarios, not just to improve business understanding?
Absolutely. The challenging, highly interactive nature of the game tests and strengthens the participants existing skillsets and abilities, which means it can also be used as a valuable development tool to assess their performance against your organisation’s values and competencies. The game is also an extremely effective ‘team builder’ that is often used as part of a Retreat or Management Conference, and it has proved successful in academia, as a dynamic tool which reinforces, tests and embeds theoretical learning.