management development simulations

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.

Do you or the people in your organization struggle with any of these talent management 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
YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Join us at 1:30 pm EST on August 28th or September 5th for a 50 minute webinar and experience exactly how Management Challenge delivers a vivid talent management learning experience that parallels the real-life challenges faced by every manager you know.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW!

Now You CAN Have It Both Ways!

Back in 2010, David Milliken and I engaged in a spirited debate here in this blog. We explored whether skill practice through eSimulations was as effective as live role-play in a classroom.

As a quick recap, I argued that there are important aspects of live role-play that could not be replicated in an eSimulation. These include live coaching on non-verbal aspects of the learner’s delivery such as voice-tone, pace and body language.

David, on the other hand, correctly pointed out some of the problems with live role-plays that eSimulations address better. These include the challenges of extreme variability in the delivery of the “other player,” such as people “playing extreme hard-ball,” or just not taking their role seriously and thus depriving the learner of a real opportunity to practice the skills.

So today, I am calling a truce with my old friend David Milliken. What if you could have a role-play with the consistency of experience of a well-designed eSimulation… without sacrificing the individualized feedback and coaching of a live classroom?

Today we are proud to present a solution that does exactly that. Introducing Management Challenge™.

Management Challenge™ delivers a vivid learning experience that parallels the real experiences faced by every manager you know. Working as a table team, your learners are quickly drawn into a computer-based simulation in which they must run a fictional organization for three consecutive quarters.

Along the way they face realistic challenges such as:

  • How do I allocate my resources most effectively across multiple projects?
  • How do I increase employee engagement?
  • How do I handle conflict among coworkers?
  • How do I develop my people – both through assignments and through coaching?

Here’s how it works. Learners rotate turns in the role of a Director, a Senior Manager, and a Manager in the fictional organization. When acting as Director, they will delegate actual projects to the team. As Senior Manager, they must assign resources and plan for how the work will get done. And as Managers, they must assign virtual employees to the projects while managing and motivating them. The decisions they make impact not only the performance of the organization over time, but also the opportunities and challenges they as a team will face later in the simulation. And of course, they are competing with the teams at other tables for the best business results at the end of the year. So energy and engagement are high!

Okay, so what about that “you can have it both ways” role-play? Management effectiveness is just as much about communication as it is about decision-making. So throughout the simulation, Managers are faced with situations in which they must meet with individual employees. This is where the magic blend happens.

The virtual employees are presented in video clips. This ensures a consistent delivery, and that core concepts are addressed, thus leveraging an advantage of typical eSimulations.

But what makes this design so effective is that the role player monitors the dialogue and selects the next response for the virtual employee based on what the Manager says – thus ensuring the most realistic dialogue possible. And here is where the benefits of live role-play kick in. The Senior Manager takes coaching notes to provide feedback not only on what was said by the Manager, but also how it was delivered. Some teams even opt to provide real-time feedback during the dialogue to allow the Manager to make on-the-spot adjustments and rapid improvements.

What do learners think of this approach? Well, to be honest, at first they react like learners do whenever they hear the words role-play or skill-practice – they groan! But, after the first round of practice they become immediately immersed in the low-risk environment, and they recognize the real opportunity to improve. Frankly, they can’t get enough.

Now, the blended role-play is just one of the unique and innovative aspects behind the highly engaging and powerful learning experience of Management Challenge™. We’d love to show you more.

Contact us today and arrange for an online demonstration of Management Challenge™ and we’ll show you how it can be tailored for your unique needs.