Transforming your managers into accountable leaders

Organizations value managers who can successfully lead the business now and into the future. Business leadership training can help those companies develop managers who can make tough decisions, balance the short term and the long term, and skillfully navigate change. A leadership simulation is an excellent way to nurture courageous, accountable leaders who can achieve this level of impact on business.

Impact5: The Business of Leadership Game® is a sophisticated management training game in the form of a board game that provides a framework for leadership focus and decision making. In this leadership training game, participants discover what their organizations really need from them as they balance short- and long-term priorities, address talent issues and ethical challenges, and champion change. Leadership game builds a critical new mindset for managers about the five leadership accountabilities that make the difference in the achievement of financial, customer and organizational results.

After completing this leadership simulation, Impact5 learners understand organizational expectations for accountable leaders, how to focus their day-to-day time and attention, and how to make high-impact decisions.

AUDIENCES: Supervisors, managers, sales managers, team leaders and fast-track individual contributors

THE SIMULATION: Working in small teams, learners take the role as new managers at a fictitious company. They struggle with talent issues, make complex decisions about interdepartmental relationships, and balance the tactical with the strategic. They get blindsided. They regroup. They analyze. They take action. Learners are engaged from start to finish as they discover how their decisions and actions affect the bottom line and how their behaviors as part of the organization’s collective leadership team impact ultimate success.

CONNECTIONS: With fresh insights from the simulation, participants bridge to real-world leadership issues in their own organizations. They explore the five leadership accountabilities, conduct a Leadership Focus Self-Assessment of their time and attention on these accountabilities, and learn how to use a Decision Impact Analysis tool to guide critical thinking around important decisions. Learners are also introduced to on online resource – a website that provides over 20 critical thinking guides to help with reflection and planning back on the job. (Connections exercises are provided with Impact5, or you may work with us to customize the exercises for even deeper relevance to your issues and/or your audience.)

TRAINING OUTCOMES: Participants gain a thorough understanding of five critical Business Impact Accountabilities™ -- including the execution of organizationally-aligned results, the championship of change and innovation, the influencing of the business beyond organizational barriers, the engagement and leveraging of talent, and the responsibility for enhancing personal leadership skills and effectiveness. They learn the importance of balancing the short-term and long-term as well as the tactical and strategic. They explore the power of collaboration and communication as members of a collective leadership team. They develop a higher-level understanding of their impact on financial, customer and organizational results. With these new insights, knowledge and skills, they are better able to focus their leadership time and attention, and conduct a broader and more targeted analysis of leadership decisions.

USES: Complement and energize an existing leadership development curriculum or use as a stand-alone program ... reinforce leadership accountability concepts ... train new managers ... sharpen the leadership acumen of fast-track managers ... build on your company's competency models ... develop the skills of sales managers.

TIME FRAME: Impact5 is a one-day program, incorporating a four-hour simulation and a three-hour Connections (organization-specific) 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.

PMIParadigm Learning is a charter member of the Project Management Institute’s Educational Provider Program. Zodiak participants can be awarded eight Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward their certification with PMI.
Paradigm Learning has been approved by the HR Certification Institute for its leadership development program, Impact5: The Business of Leadership Game®, as well as Zodiak®: The Game of Business Finance and Strategy, Countdown®: A Strategy Game for Project Teams and Neon Buzz®: Lighting Up Organizational Performance.

"It works for us as a tool among several in a unified effort to build leadership skills. It just ties everything together. We read books, we give presentations, we talk about what leadership is and how it works, but Impact5 is the way we apply everything we’ve talked about.”"

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