Business games are the ultimate tool for influencing a group of participants in a specific direction – actually changing the way people SEE, FEEL and ACT.
Wizerize has developed and deployed several business games in close cooperation with large global companies. These have all been used at top management conferences and subsequently become part of the executive training programs.
Most concepts are developed in cooperation with our close partner Professor Albert Angehrn, who is Director of CALT (Centre of Advanced Learning Technologies) at INSEAD.
Each business game constitutes a full product – relevant for top management conferences as well as internal training programs.
Over the years we have created many different kinds of business games, but they all have one thing in common:
We focus on strong storytelling that keeps the story developing from challenging situations through serious surprises to an occasional relieving laugh.
All business games are recorded in HD video in collaboration with a professional film crew – including a strong cast of experienced actors.
One of the crucial parts of a business game is having people identify with the situations. They need to recognize the situations and relate to the people involved as they would to their colleagues.
We include tough choices – or dilemmas – that divide the audience. It is our experience that real learning always grows out of some element of uncertainty and doubt during the processes.
We work in five main categories – depending on the specific case:
1. Change overall behavior
Games where you practice changed behavior – for example, moving from product sales to strategic partnering or working according to a new value chain.
2. Improve specific leadership skills
Games where you practice specific aspects of leadership – for example, becoming stronger at collaboration across silos or building a quality culture.
3. Stimulate individual development
Games where we give very specific and individual leadership behavior feedback – including a process that stimulates strong, individual self-insight and helps create a personal action plan.
4. Improve team skills
Games where you practice team skills – creating a framework for groups to collaborate and compete in ways that stimulate better team dynamics, allowing them to practice innovation and other skills.
5. Share a vision of an ideal future
Games where you engage the participants in a near-perfect world and use this experience to trigger discussions and reflections about the present way of working.
If you would like to know more, we recommend that you take a look at the films about business games. They really are something else!
- It can stimulate good reflection to have the choices of the participants challenged by an official expert.
- Participants are easily engaged in complex tasks when they are presented in professionally produced films.
- As in real life, most business games are focused on making the best of a limited amount of time.
- Business games often combine many ways of expressing the key messages.
- Eagle Racing focuses on the challenges of collaboration.
- Some games are played on a PC – individually or by two to three people.
- Prerecorded video is often used to challenge the participants.
- What a Day stimulates individual development.
- An important part of the learning is to experience doubt from time to time.
- Having groups compete is an important part of creating a high energy level.
- An involving business game also includes a little humor.