Leadership Development

Give your Next Generation of Executives the Experience they Need to Lead

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A new survey conducted by global management consulting firm Booz & Co. shows that a striking majority of corporate leaders are not able to keep their priorities straight. They are also pursuing strategies they don’t believe in, and many of their strategies fail to build on the things their companies are especially good at, compared with competitors. It’s like everything that can go wrong already has gone wrong for them.

Closing the gap

The ability to prioritize and align strategies with corporate strengths is just one example of the many leadership fundamentals executives must possess today. Closing the business fundamentals gap in your organization requires new insights and skills – that can only come from experience. How will you ensure that your next generation of leaders will get the experience they need to respond effectively to the myriad of strategic challenges that your executives face every day?

Experience

Executive Challenge™ is the latest in a series of fully immersive leadership simulations designed to give your high potential leaders the insight and skills needed to deal with nearly every strategic challenge imaginable – from talent management to ethics to defining and executing a global vision.

Please join us for a live walk-through of Executive Challenge™ led by Blueline’s Director of Leadership Innovations: Steve Mosley. Two dates to choose from: March 27 or April 9th!

Simulation Develops Results Focused Leaders at Fortune 300 Company (Part 2)

In my last post, I described the need for a simulation that could serve as a capstone event for our Leadership Development program at Alltel, and how I came to decide to use Blueline Simulations’ Executive Challenge™. Together, we conducted roughly 15 sessions over a two-year period. Each delivery built on the one before as we refined the simulation in ways that made it feel as if it had been designed just for Alltel. The work we did on debriefs and adverse events to help “customize” the experience made it that much more relevant to my audience.

Attendees were placed in teams of eight and were tasked with growing a virtual business by investing in and producing product lines, responding to market demands, and balancing time, capital, and human resources. Throughout the simulation, teams evaluated the sustainability of a business and the long-term implications of short-term decisions, acknowledged personal management styles and leadership blind spots, balanced personal and organizational objectives, solved complex business problems collaboratively, defined a clear strategic vision as a team, and implemented this vision in the face of adverse events.

The simulation began after normal work hours on day 1, as teams were presented with the simulation scenario, had a practice session on the technology, and discussed their company strategies for the next day over dinner. Day 2 lasted a full day and consisted of participants managing their companies over 6-8 virtual quarters. During debriefs, teams examined how closely their decisions reflected the Core Values of Alltel, as well as the soundness of their business strategies.

Teams prepared presentations at the end of the simulation experience and delivered them to a Board of Directors composed of Alltel executives. The board chose a winner based on strategy, financial performance, team effectiveness, ability to handle adverse events, adherence to the program competencies, sustainability, and overall quality of the presentation.

Participants found their simulation experience invaluable.  They experienced the challenges of being a results focused leader, while using behavior and relationship skills in their interactions with their fellow team members. Participants rated the experience highly, remarking on “how the pressure, the competitiveness, the unexpected turn of events really tested their ability to work collaboratively to make good decisions and to execute against them.”

As for me, I had chosen the perfect partner and solution to bring all the work of leadership assessments, coaching and training together in an innovative, engaging and practical way that was useful and memorable to my Directors and Vice Presidents. To this day I continue to get comments from former Alltel Associates about the leadership program, and inevitably they always mention the chance to run their own companies, amidst market pressures and unanticipated events, that was Alltel’s Executive Challenge!

I am excited to now have the opportunity to represent this solution, plus the other equally powerful solutions Blueline offers as part of our Leadership Innovation Series. As Director of Leadership Innovations, I look forward to working with our clients to provide the same kind of business results and organizational impact that I witnessed first-hand in my use of these solutions at Alltel.

Talent Management Simulation – Available Now!

Blueline Simulations is excited to announce the release of Enspire’s Management Challenge™, the newest addition to our suite of simulation-based leadership and management development programs!

Management Challenge™ will help your new and experienced managers to build their talent management skills – identifying, motivating, coaching and developing talent – in response to some universal challenges:

  • Navigating difficult conversations with direct reports on potentially uncomfortable topics
  • Facilitating effective coaching conversations based on identified needs
    and goals
  • Developing and deepening relationships through coaching
  • Engaging, influencing and motivating people with
    differing perspectives, preferences and communication styles
  • Creating collaborative solutions within a competitive environment

Please join us to learn more about Management Challenge™ and view a live demonstration led by Blueline Partner: Robert Coates. Sign up for our 50-minute public webinar at 1:30 pm EST on September 5th. Register today to reserve your seat!

During the info session and demonstration, you’ll get an exclusive sneak peek of Management Challenge™ and get to see first-hand how this revolutionary new program will change the way you develop talent managers!

If you are unable to participate in one of our upcoming public webinars, contact us today to schedule a private demonstration for your company.

Employees Leave Managers, Not Jobs

Blueline Simulations is excited to announce the release of Enspire’s Management Challenge™, the newest addition to our suite of simulation-based leadership and management development programs!

Management Challenge™ uses a combination of team-based simulations, video-based role-plays, and facilitated discussions to help managers become better prepared to communicate with their employees and avoid turnover.

Contact Blueline to learn more about Management Challenge™ and view a live demonstration.

 

We thought we had seen it all. Then we discovered Management Challenge.

We’ve been in the training business for a long time. When it comes to talent management learning solutions, we thought we had seen it all.

Then we discovered Management ChallengeTM.

Developed by our partners at Enspire, participants practice communicating with employees, delegating projects, and managing employee engagement in this highly immersive talent management simulation.

Management ChallengeTM is a classroom or virtual learning experience that lets your people develop key talent management skills. In the program they compete to maximize business results with limited human resources in a simulated business environment.

Do any of these challenges sound familiar in your organization?

  • Navigating difficult conversations with direct reports on potentially uncomfortable topics
  • Facilitating effective coaching conversations based on identified needs and goals
  • Developing and deepen relationships through coaching
  • Engaging, influencing and motivating people with differing perspectives, preferences, and communication styles
  • Creating collaborative solutions within a competitive environment

An innovative learning solution like this demands to be experienced! And now you can experience it FREE.

Join us at 1:30 pm EST on August 28th or September 5th for a 50 minute webinar and experience exactly how Management ChallengeTM delivers a vivid talent management learning experience that parallels the real-life challenges faced by every manager you know.

Click here to register.