Zodiak: The Game of Business Finance and Strategy Countdown: A Strategy Game for Project Teams

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Zodiak®: The Game of Business Finance and Strategy
Business acumen training for managers, employees and sales professionals

Your company faces tough decisions every day about processes, people, product development, asset management, capital investments and more. In today's competitive, fast-paced marketplace, these decisions are no longer the exclusive responsibility of those in the executive suite. Business acumen is critical at all levels.

When your managers and employees understand the financial drivers and strategic objectives, and realize the connection between strategy and financial success, only then will your organization operate at peak levels.

Zodiak®: The Game of Business Finance and Strategy is a sophisticated simulation disguised as a board game — a fast-paced, energizing and engaging way to build business acumen. It's ready made to work for companies in any industry, or we can customize the program to address your unique business conditions and challenges.

AUDIENCES: Managers, supervisors, individual contributors and employees.

THE SIMULATION:Participants take the role of new owners of a struggling company and make critical operating decisions. They take out loans, attract investors, purchase equipment and materials, respond to quality issues and deliver products. They handle chance events, move game pieces and respond to investors. And they embrace new insights — not just about how the numbers work, but also about how their individual actions impact financial success. As they do so, terms such as cash flow, return on equity, working capital, cost of goods sold, and assets come vividly to life.

CONNECTIONS: Exercises after the simulation create a bridge from the classroom to real-time work environments. With the fresh perspective of “running” a company, participants can explore their organization's strategies, processes, terminology, profit drivers, cash flow, competition and more. They connect their day-to-day actions to the bottom line. (Connections exercises are provided with Zodiak, or you may wish to work with us to customize the exercises for deeper relevance to your issues and/or your audience.)

TRAINING OUTCOMES: Managers develop a critical leadership competency with significantly higher levels of financial literacy and business acumen. They can articulate the organization's financial and strategic imperatives, read and interpret financial reports, align departmental and personal goals to overall company success, make better decisions and inspire others to do the same. Employees learn to think and act differently with a big-picture understanding of the company's financial and strategic goals. They see the link between their departmental objectives and their own, where they fit, and how they can make a difference.

USES:Zodiak is an excellent way to broaden your leadership development curriculum … engage managers around company vision and strategy … accelerate employee commitment to major changes … help employees gain insight into how they affect the bottom line … energize a management, sales or company wide event.

TIME FRAME: Zodiak incorporates a four-hour game session and a two-hour Connections session. Optional extension exercises can be modified or customized.

DELIVERY: We can train your in-house facilitators or provide our experienced discovery learning facilitators to conduct your sessions.
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