Learning with Design
Delivering Deep Leadership and Teaming Experiential Learning Opportunities Via Visually Engaging Real-World Simulations
Levels of employee engagement in developed economies such as the US and Australia are at chronic lows, resulting in annual costs running into hundreds of billions of dollars. Developed Asian economies, including Singapore are also not immune to this predicament. This problem, when combined with the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) world in which organizations are operating today, means that the need to educate and train employees in truly engaging learning opportunities has never been greater. Real-world simulations are one such way of providing truly engaging learning opportunities. Based on the concept that employee engagement can be significantly increased when employees work together in teams with clearly articulated purpose, Patrick developed a simulation based around his career as a leadership consultant and mountaineering expedition leader. Using a series of scenarios which were filmed in real life on a highly technical and dangerous mountain climb in the Himalayas, the simulation enables participants to experience the type of effective leadership and collaborative decision making which is required on a mountaineering expedition, where VUCA conditions are the norm.
The simulation provides a powerful mechanism for groups of people to look at how they interact with one another under periods of stress and uncertainty, without actually having to face the dangers and risk that normally accompany such powerful learning experiences.
The 60-minute session would provide an introduction to the benefits of real world simulations. This will be followed by a shortened version of the simulation where conference delegates would participate in the decision-making scenarios via a previously-downloaded smart-phone app.