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Zodiak®: EVA Organizations
Business acumen training for managers and employees in EVA organizations

When EVA® (Economic Value Added) is a key organizational performance measure, managers and employees need to think and act in ways that add to the creation of overall value. That requires business acumen at all levels.

With business acumen training, managers and employees develop a keen understanding of what it takes for their organization to make money. They can make more profitable decisions, influence top-line revenue generation and take actions that align with organizational strategy. That's business acumen in action.

Zodiak®: EVA Organizations is a sophisticated simulation disguised as a board game. It's a fast-paced, energizing and engaging way to build business acumen throughout your entire organization and drive EVA success. Zodiak builds a full understanding of EVA—how it is calculated, the impact of price reductions, the effects of sales and inventory increases, and more. The program works right out of the box for any company that uses EVA as a metric. Customization allows companies to adapt the program to address their unique business conditions and challenges.

AUDIENCES:Managers, supervisors, individual contributors and employees.

THE SIMULATION: Participants take the role of the new owners of a struggling company. They make critical operating decisions— taking out loans, attracting investors, purchasing equipment and materials, and delivering products and services. 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 the impact of their decisions on financial success as measured through EVA performance.

CONNECTIONS:Exercises after the simulation create a bridge from the classroom to learners' real-time work environments. With the fresh perspective of "running" a company, learners explore their organization's EVA goals and calculations as well as strategies, initiatives and processes. They connect their day-to-day actions to how they impact the bottom line. (Connections exercises are provided with Zodiak, or you may work with us to customize the exercises for deeper relevance to your issues and/or your audiences.)

TRAINING OUTCOMES:Managers and leaders develop the business acumen to align department, team and personal objectives to EVA success and make better day-to-day decisions about people, products and processes. Employees gain the financial literacy and business acumen necessary to understand how EVA drives corporate decision making and strategy development. Just as important, they discover how they affect this key measure of success within their teams, departments and jobs.

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 is a one-day program, incorporating 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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