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Dashboard Simulations Blog Launched for Business Games

Dashboard Simulations Blog Launched for Business Games

I am pleased to annouce that I have just launched the Dashboard Simulations Blog where I will publish articles on the topics of Business Simulation Games, Informal Learning, Gamification, Experiential Learning and Game-based Learning. It comes pre-loaded with a number of articles the most recent of which is A team game engagement process which guarantees transformative learning.

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New High Performing Teams Simulation Game from Bioteams Ken Thompson

New High Performing Teams Simulation Game from Bioteams Ken Thompson

I am pleased to announce a new high performing team business simulation game, CHAPTER, which in a half-day puts you through your paces as the newly appointed manager of a ten-person team. To keep you on your toes your CEO just made your team the high profile pilot project for High Performing Teams across the whole company! The simulation integrates best practices from Informal Learning, Game-based Learning and Business Simulation.


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Business Continuity Management: The Ideal topic for Business Simulation

Business Continuity Management: The Ideal topic for Business Simulation

I have invited leading Business Continuity Management (BCM) expert Pierre Wettergren to write a short guest blog on Bioteams.com to introduce this increasingly critical topic. Over the last 6 months Pierre and I have been collaborating on the design of a customisable BCM Simulation Game for Teams, which we call BCM eMATCH which allows them to run a virtual business and "what-if" the impact of different BCM strategies in response to changes and shocks their market conditions and internal operations.


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Creating Values/Behaviour Questionnaires for Leadership Devel

Creating Values/Behaviour Questionnaires for Leadership Devel

This article explores how you can create and quickly deliver short Values/Behaviour Clarification Questionnaires to engage business communities on leadership development and change management programmes about key values and the critical behaviours needed to support them in order to improve individual and team performance.


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High performance leadership/decisions: business game research findings

High performance leadership/decisions: business game research findings

Over the part few years I have been running in-house business games with a number of major enterprises who form executive teams for a global enterprise for a three year period over a single (intensive) day. So far 15 teams, of different levels of seniority, have fully completed the games. Based on observing and analyzing performance in these games I believe I have uncovered 6 critical differences between top performers and the rest in the areas of leadership and decision-making.


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C3: a new approach to Collaborative Project Management

C3: a new approach to Collaborative Project Management

Most approaches to project management concentrate on the tasks which need to be successfully completed to achieve the project goal. Important as this is, it is at most only half of the story of successful project management. The C3 approach addresses the hidden side of project management - the people-collaboration-end-result perspective and is also a powerful tool for conducting a quick project healthcheck.


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The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

The 10 Key Principles of Change Management

Over the last 6 months I have been designing, testing and piloting an exciting new Change Management Game for leaders and teams which lets them experience what it is like to lead a complete 9-month change management project over the course of a single day. The development process forced me to think through what I really believe to be the key principles of change management in a sufficiently clear and concrete way to be able to design an online/offline game round them. Here is what I ended up with:


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White Label Online Change Management Game (cohort) from Bioteams Design

White Label Online Change Management Game (cohort) from Bioteams Design

Bioteams readers might be interested to know that I have just launched Cohort - an Online Change Management Game which challenges players to explore different strategies to gain the support of a group of senior executives for a major change initiative. The game is designed to be used in leadership development workshops with up to 20 participants playing competitively in teams.


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Leading collaborative business networks - 10 rules for success

Leading collaborative business networks - 10 rules for success
When you are leading or facilitating any kind of collaborative business network or venture you need to know that these are very different kinds of team than you encounter inside organisations. These are "bioteams" so-called because each team has a life of its own and the normal team "command and control" simply does not work. To be successful you need to know The Ten Rules for herding cats!

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The Discipline of Market Leaders Management Simulation

The Discipline of Market Leaders Management Simulation
The Discipline of Market Leaders (TDML) by Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema (1997) equips the leadership of an enterprise with a choice of 3 strategies for competing in the marketplace - Customer Intimacy, Operational Excellence or Product Leadership. TDML says you must excel in one of these AND maintain minimum thresholds for the other two. Here is a little web-based management simulation which lets you to test TDML strategies virtually before betting your business on them!

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Animal Leadership: Dictatorship Rules in Baboon Societies

Animal Leadership: Dictatorship Rules in Baboon Societies
About 18 months ago I listened to Andrew King give a fascinating lecture in London about his unpublished research into Baboon societies. Andrew explained how in the harsh environment of the Namib Desert dictatorship sometimes works better than democracy. Andrew's ground-breaking work has now been widely published and he kindly sent me some excellent links. There are many parallels with human teams, groups and communities!

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Great Team Leaders: Chess or Draughts players?

Great Team Leaders: Chess or Draughts players?
According to Marcus Buckingham in his book The one thing you need to know mediocre leaders think of each of their team members as draughts pieces (interchangeable) but good leaders think of them as chess pieces (unique)...

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Bad leaders cause their team health problems

Bad leaders cause their team health problems
BBC News reports on work by a team of Swedish researchers from the Karolinska Institute and Stockholm University which shows that "inconsiderate bosses not only make work stressful, they may also increase the risk of heart disease for their employees."

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Extreme Team Leadership by Father Ted

Extreme Team Leadership by Father Ted
When Father Ted finds himself trapped with 7 other priests in Ireland's largest lingerie department he does not panic but appoints himself leader to rescue his colleagues from embarrassment. Enjoy leadership without formal authority in this short video clip (6 mins).

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Leadership or Facilitation: funny video clip from Red Dwarf

Leadership or Facilitation: funny video clip from Red Dwarf
At certain times a team leader needs to facilitate rather than direct. However when a leader acts too much as a facilitator or a facilitator starts to try to lead a team you get problems. Enjoy what happens when the Red Dwarf crew get themselves in a real mess over this point.

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Can you teach experience: new research

Can you teach experience: new research
Business veterans claim you cannot teach 'experience', but European researchers say you can. The team developed software that helps players acquire real-life skills and realistic experiences through game playing. But this game is no executive toy. The interactive software has caught the imagination of both business colleges and major enterprises.

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Thinking Differently about Business Downturn

Thinking Differently about Business Downturn
Think Differently: Long-term success is not only determined by how well a company handles a downturn, but also by its foresight in preparing for the next upturn. In the midst of a recession, corporate leaders are often forced to restructure and control expenses, but those who focus only on the immediate crisis may be left behind when better times return.

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Leadership under pressure: the two worst mistakes

Leadership under pressure: the two worst mistakes
I have been thinking a lot about what happens when a leader gets under severe pressure, usually because things are not going according to plan. It seems to me this is the very essence of real leadership and where leaders can really justify their salaries. BUT according to Professor Dietrich Dorner, in his excellent book The Logic Of Failure: Recognizing And Avoiding Error In Complex Situations, there are two very tempting but ultimately disastrous tangents a leader can pursue in a crisis instead of addressing the real issues.

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Virtual Enterprise Simulator

Virtual Enterprise Simulator
For a manager, whose only background is traditional monolithic enterprises, being put in charge of a virtual business network or a collaborative supply chain is like a fixed wing pilot trying to fly a helicopter without any training. With the extra degree of freedom and the lack of inherent stability involved there is only going to be one outcome unless that leader spends some time on a network simulator first. Here is a chance to build-up some solid flight training hours before you take-off in the real thing!

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Leadership and Self-Deception

Leadership and Self-Deception
A few months ago I read the book "Leadership and Self-Deception". Then I became a friend of the Arbinger Institute, went through some training with them in London and may be involved with them in the future. So I suppose the book inspired me – here’s why! Guest book review by Mario Gastaldi.

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