IMPROVE CROSS-CULTURAL COLLABORATION AND CONSCIOUS DECISION-MAKING
Achieving effective collaboration across cultures, business units and geographical sites has never been more demanding.
The eagle racing simulation is a fun and engaging team experience. During the session the participants will experiences many of the pitfalls of collaboration themselves – but they will also be provided with valuable tools to work around the challenges and how to improve. The experience include room for company specific reflections and assessments of cultural strengths/weaknesses.
The participants take the role of Gianluca, the manager of Eagle Racing, and help him make decisions.
From time to time the game stops and participants must decide which choice they think Gianluca should make.
Different choices lead to very different consequences, which means that Eagle Racing has one beginning but eight VERY different endings – from commercial success to total disaster.
Participants follow the key decision-makers for Eagle Racing (a fictitious Racing Company) as they try to sign up a new main sponsor. The story develops the way the participants choose.
The story is established through short videos which, from time to time, stop in the middle of a disagreement, prompting participants to help commercial director Gianluca Paranelli make a tough decision. All participants (seated in groups) share their intuitive choices regarding each decision point, and must then agree as a team. The story continues according to how the majority votes. Each decision is combined with specific learning points concerning collaboration and collective decision-making (with examples from behavioural economics/psychology). The story has eight possible endings, depending on what decisions are taken along the way, resulting in different overall learning points.
Improved understanding of own habitual tendencies, and inspiration and tools for improving collaboration skills.
A fun and engaging team experience that gives deeper understanding of the pitfalls of collaboration.
Awareness of corporate behavioural patterns and suggestions on initiatives to improve and avoid pitfalls.
Applications of Eagle Racing
Corporate Training Program:
Eagle Racing is used to upgrade collaborative decision skills across all leaders. Rolled out in regional sessions of 12-30 people led by internal facilitators.
Top Management Conference:
Global corporation used Eagle Racing as a team-building exercise and to improve cross-company collaboration. 150 players in teams of five or six.
Eagle Racing is regularly played at Business Schools as part of MBA and other leadership programmes.
A business school professor uses Eagle Racing as a “virtual training tool”. Each week, players receive a new episode and they can only use digital media to reach a consensus.
Statement from course director:
Upon completion of the simulation, students express a strong desire to go back and test what might have happened had they made different decisions, a testament to the level of engagement engendered by the experience!