Leadership and effective decision making simulation

The simulations we run for Leadership and effective decision-making are team based. Like pilot simulators, only one person at a time is in the hot seat. When you are in the hot seat, you get a scenario of some a conflict, which you must deal with. The scenarios we use would be derived from known stories, business cases, and social interaction. Moreover, when you are in the hot seat can propose your own story. 

It is not like a brainstorming or a role-playing session nor like an interview. It is your mental rehearsal. The team is there to create both the safe environment and the pressure to be honest.

Your team would create the safe environment and the pressure. To offer a safe environment, the team will listen to everything you say and accept it as valid. With them, you can deal with the conflict however way you wish, no right or wrong way. You can try your ideas; say whatever you want, without any repercussion of a real life conflict.

The team will also create the pressure. They would respond with unrelenting feedback, opposition, and what-ifs without trying to be soft or save face. They would attempt to catch any holes, inaccuracies, and weaknesses in your arguments. Through your team response, you would learn how others might judge your proposed actions and you would have to decide fast on how to respond to your team. You can counter their points, adjust your position, restate your ideas and get ready for the next round.

This pressure may seem as a clash between you and the team, but the interactions are not for win or lose play, but it is not. The  process is just thinking exercises to allow you to flex the brain muscles in search for the best option for you. It helps you shape your intuitive reaction to complex situations under pressure. There are no judgement there. You are the final judge of your performance.

Like in the pilot simulation, there is a coach with a very important role. The coach ensures the proper balance between safety, pressure, the scenarios and the abilities of the hot seat person. The coach orchestrate the right atmosphere. As they see fit, they pause the session for meditative moments, talk about the exercise principles, use group dynamic exercises, humor, and icebreakers.

By being in the hot seat, you get to develop your own ‘personal minimums’. That is, better understand your personal, unique perceptions, biases, and tendencies, such as rushing too early to resolve conflict, incorrect reading of criticism. You will learn to better frame complexities, live with uncertainty, use intuition to form creative options and do that fast.

Real life benefits

When it comes to the real life – there is a high probability that you would act differently than in the simulation. That is OK. The fact that you have practiced dealing with difficult situation, learned to refer to our values, experienced ‘what-ifs’ thinking under pressure, enhance your performance in real life quite a bit.