What is a GRA business simulation? 

Our business simulations bring leadership and team development to life, in a controlled and engaging learning environment.

A business simulation is a scenario-based learning tool in which real-world workplace scenarios are recreated for training, development, or educational purposes. The purpose is to train people to respond to actual business events in a calm and effective manner, in a safe but challenging virtual environment.

Some simulations use software, case study reviews or classroom-based role-play. At GRA we take an experience-led approach, combining multiple training methods to bring situations to life. Our delegates undertake real challenges and exercises to earn revenue for a fictitious organisation that will be 'in business’ for the duration of the simulation.

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We have over 30 years of experience designing and delivering experiential simulations that create an environment in which participants can put their knowledge and training to the test, witness how their actions impact on performance and receive constructive feedback.

Tailoring our business simulations

Our simulations are tailored to your organisation’s values, culture, and the learning journey your employees are on, to develop crucial leadership skills and the right mindset and behaviours for successful team performance. We draw out these elements through the customer expectations we set, the activities and challenges delegates undertake, and the reviews completed afterwards. We can also incorporate real initiatives from within your organisation. For example, projects focused on sustainability, communication strategy or implementing technology initiatives.

Bringing learning to life

Our experiential learning activities are real opportunities to bring learning to life and don’t just rely on facilitator-led presentations. Using our realistic business management simulations, delegates will develop strategic business plans, manage finances and stakeholder relationships, and lead a series of challenges that replicate the stresses and pressures of a real-world business in an environment away from their comfort zone.

Learning strategies, such as 70-20-10 and Kolb's learning theory, highlight the importance of hands-on experience in the learning process. While an understanding of leadership and team development theory can support learning, true development happens through practical application.

Our aim is to support people’s ability to successfully and sustainably apply their knowledge and skills back in the workplace.

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What are the benefits?

The benefits of business simulations for leadership development and team training include:

Practical experiential learning to support validation and  understanding of behavioural theory
Tailored training with challenges appropriate to the experience and seniority of delegates
An emotionally safe environment to test skills away from the participant’s comfort zone
Challenges designed to draw out your desired behaviours and learning outcomes
Reviews, follow-up, and action planning
Choice of delivery options: face-to-face or virtual

Who are our business simulations for?

Our simulations include different activities and performance standards for varying levels of experience and seniority including:

Senior leadership teams
First-time managers
Graduates

Apprentices
Newly formed teams
Intact teams

Project-based and temporary teams
Middle/departmental managers
Team leaders and supervisors

Find out more

To find out more about how we can support your learning and development initiatives, please get in touch using our online contact form, or by calling 01962 779911.

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