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Zodiak®: HR Professionals
Business acumen training for managers and specialists in all human resource disciplines

Whether creating employee benefit packages or helping set corporate performance expectations, today's businesses rely more than ever on their human resources professionals for insight into critical decisions about staffing, leadership development, and more. The challenge for HR professionals is to align their focus and priorities with overall corporate goals — while considering ROI, revenue growth and profitability.

Though many HR professionals do not have financial backgrounds, they are expected to possess the business acumen that is foundation for making confident, informed recommendations. HR professionals need to know how their companies make and spend money — how business works — to be effective and credible.

Zodiak®: HR Professionals is a sophisticated simulation disguised as a board game — a fast-paced, energizing and engaging way to build business acumen within all HR and personnel disciplines. It's designed to work right out of the box for companies in any industry, and yet can be fully customized to address unique business conditions and challenges.

AUDIENCES: HR managers, specialists, consultants, team leaders, support staff.

THE SIMULATION:Participants become the new owners of a struggling company and make critical operating decisions that CEOs address every day. They handle chance events, move game pieces and respond to investors. They deal with issues such as linking HR budgets to the overall financial picture ... aligning department goals to organization objectives...analyzing and communicating ROI...and more. And they embrace new insights — not just how the numbers work but the consequences of their actions on financial success.

CONNECTIONS: Exercises after the simulation create a bridge from the classroom to learners' real-time work environments. With a fresh perspective of how a company works, learners can effectively explore their real organization's strategies, processes, terminology, profit drivers, cash flow, competition and more. They connect their day-to-day behaviors 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 audience.)

TRAINING OUTCOMES:HR managers develop significantly higher levels of financial literacy and business acumen. They can articulate the organization's financial and strategic imperatives, demonstrate the value of their programs and services, increase their credibility and confidence with senior executives and stakeholders, align departmental and personal goals to overall company success, make better decisions and inspire others to do the same. HR employees develop 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 HR managers around company vision and strategy... help HR employees communicate major changes to other employees... help HR employees understand how they affect the bottom line ... energize an HR department event or meeting.

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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