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Simulations: Leading Change™

Minimise the impact of change on performance, retaining your best talent and customers.

The challenge

There is a saying that modern business needs to reinvent itself every three to five years to succeed. This saying is never more evident than in challenging economic times when innovation, and the successful leadership of change, is vital for survival. 

Yet this essential business process is fraught with problems and common pitfalls.  Change programmes can fail for a number of reasons including the non-delivery of their benefits and the mismanagement of the human aspects of the project.

Wouldn't it be sensible to have some form of ‘driving lesson’ for managers leading change projects?  After all, aircraft pilots have simulators for their 'big projects' – so why can't we have management simulators?

The change simulation is a highly effective learning tool which gives us an unusual opportunity to test strategies and ‘see’ the complex picture of cause and effect.PA Consulting Group

How this workshop will help

Indigo's Leading Change™ simulation gives participating teams a chance to actually experience and live through the challenges of managing an organisational change initiative. The simulation is based on a comprehensive model of how and why human beings react to change; drawing on a range of commercial, personal, emotional and ‘political’ factors. 

Indigo Simulations is our suite of project and programme focused management simulations to allow you, your team and even your whole organisation to practice your project management skills in a safe, web-based facilitated workshop.

Workshop benefits

This simulation, part of our suite of simulations and developed with Maurizio Zollo of INSEAD, is often used in Merger Integration and Strategy Implementation contexts. Based around a scenario of planning the integration of two organisations after a merger, the simulation challenges teams to decide a series of integration options - e.g. staff reduction and IT systems - that have different cost saving and revenue growth implications.

Teams also have to manage the human reactions to the change, and it is the careful balance of these business and human (hard and soft) factors which determines the final success of the initiative. 

"The great thing is to be able to use the simulation and get participants to become actively involved in solving problems and getting more real hands on experience; what I really value is that they take away with them a real life experience.” Ashridge Management School.

Workshop outline

Participants develop the key skills needed to lead change. These include:
  • Developing advanced stakeholder analyses. 
  • Understanding the rational & non-rational reasons why people resist change.
  • Prioritising a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Balancing conflicting interests.
  • Using networks to influence stakeholder attitudes and opinions.
  • Communicating in order to maximise buy-in and support.

Who should attend?

This is ideal for anyone responsible for making change happen:

  1. Change agents and leaders.
  2. Project and programme managers.
  3. Team members.
  4. General Managers.


Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Simulations: Leading Change™ can count towards your CPD recognition with leading professional bodies and trade organisations. You can normally record your attendance in the 'organised learning' or 'self-learning' sections. Please check with your membership organisation for more information.

In-House workshops

Our in-house delivery option gives you the flexibility to train teams, groups and departments. Reducing delegate travel, training cost (significant saving when compared to our open public workshops) and environmental impact - as we train at your choice of location or online, in the UK or internationally. Options for tailoring content are available.

Prices quoted are based on 12 delegates per event, we can accommodate up to 18 delegates for an additional fee:

  • Face-to-face classroom workshops - delegates receive a printed workbook/materials.
  • Virtual learning sessions - delivered as highly interactive modular sessions using our Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex platforms or your own. Virtual workshops require access to a PC/Mac/tablet and internet connection, a webcam, speakers/headphones and enabled microphone, or attendees can simply dial in on their phone.

    The format will be similar to face-to-face classroom workshops, we always cover a core programme. It is delivered using interactive group learning sessions, lots of practice, group and individual feedback and 1-2-1 trainer coaching. We combine this with screen and document sharing, polls, interactive whiteboards and breakout rooms. Delegates receive access to an online workbook/materials that can be viewed online, downloaded to a portable device or printed. Printed workbooks are available at additional cost. 

Delegate places are available at up to £430pp + VAT.

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