“You Decide” Business Simulation

Increasing Business Acumen by Running Your Own Business

“We value our relationship with LSA Global. They focus on understanding our business situation and helping us succeed. LSA continues to deliver top quality consulting and leadership solutions that are highly customized for our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource to anyone looking to greatly improve the skills of their leadership, management, and project teams.”
Bonnie S. Olson | VP Human Resources | Lutheran Social Services

Description:
This proven Business Acumen Simulation is a full enterprise business simulation that focuses on cross-functional thinking, cross-functional decision making, strategic planning and decision making.

Participants are grouped into teams and given a hypothetical company to manage for two years. Each team establishes a vision, sets objectives, implements strategies, and fully controls its organization. Each quarter, teams make over 28 different decisions that affect their bottom line, concurrent and future decisions, and other teams’ results. Teams receive feedback on their profitability, cash flow, sales and production reports, quality status, customer surveys and competitive benchmarks, human resource issues, and on the effectiveness of their overall decisions.

Several brief case studies from the company’s recent past are used to teach and reinforce the concepts explored in the simulation. Company executives co-facilitate to ensure that the simulation has the highest relevance to and impact on what participants need to do and the realities of the business.

The overall objective of this three-day computer-based business simulation is to increase managers’ ability to make better business decisions, create greater alignment around executing initiatives, and design more efficient cross-functional processes. The program and customized case studies provide managers with a real/near-real, hands-on experience that naturally breaks down business silos and facilitates team building in a dynamic environment.

Managers will be introduced to new skills and be put in situations where they must use and fine-tune them. At the conclusion of the program, they will be better able to:.

Objectives:

  1. Make more effective business decisions.
  2. Demonstrate a higher level of business acumen.
  3. Plan, decide, and execute strategies as part of a cross-functional team.
  4. Apply more sophisticated finance and accounting skills within the context of managing a business.
  5. Assess alternative business decisions using financially-based analysis and criteria.
  6. Develop business plans that balance strategic, functional, and financial criteria.
  7. Understand and recognize the importance of:

  • Planning at all levels of the organization.
  • Interrelationships among Finance, Marketing, Sales, HR, R&D, Engineering, Operations, etc.
  • The need to communicate and plan jointly with managers of other functional areas.
  • Market and economic factors and how they influence the company’s performance.
  • “Balanced” business plans and why they are so vital in today’s competitive world.
  • Income statements, cash flow analysis, and balance sheets.
  • Commitment to quality elements and continuous improvement.

Team Presentations
At the end of the simulation each team makes a final presentation to the group summarizing its simulation activities in four key areas:

  1. Strategy: The team’s strategic plan.
  2. Finances: A summary of its financial performance and operating results.
  3. Learning: Applications of tools and concepts covered during the workshop.
  4. SWOT Analysis: Strengths and weaknesses of the team’s business plan and decisions.

Each team receives a computer-generated performance analysis. The performance analysis details how each team’s company performed relative to the competition and provides the basis for an informed debriefing session.

Target Audience:
Leadership, Management and High Potentials

To speak with an LSA Expert and learn about business simulation program customization and delivery options onsite at your company, please contact us.

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Janet Pagano
Managing Director

Ovid

We value our relationship with LSA Global. They focus on understanding our business situation and helping us succeed. LSA continues to deliver top quality consulting and leadership solutions that are highly customized for our business and culture. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource to anyone looking to greatly improve the skills of their leadership, management, and project teams.

Bonnie S. Olson
Vice President of Human Resources

LSS

LSA is an excellent training outsource partner! They listen to our needs, are responsive and work at a pace that keeps up with ours. We have found LSA to bring strategic and innovative solutions to meet our business problems by partnering effectively with our staff. I consider them to be an external extension of our team.

Wendy Chinn
Sr. Director, Global Sales Enablement

The customized leadership program was very practical and achieved our goals. LSA adapted very well to our group and the situation and helped us build trust and awareness of successful leadership styles. We look forward to the next steps.

Erik Okholm
Director of Software Development

LSA demonstrated the criticality for executives to look beyond current ethics topics and focus on applying fundamental values in everything they do to demonstrate true leadership. They successfully delivered in two hours what most leadership development presenters would spend an entire day trying to communicate.

Nick Voyvodich, SPHR
HR Manager

Fujitsu

LSA Global has been a great partner in helping ServiceSource move toward its Vision of being “the leading developer of talent in the service performance management industry.” I have engaged LSA’s services to help develop best-in-class programs in the areas of: Executive On-boarding, Manager Training, Sales Training, Employee Engagement and Instructional Design. They have consistently met or exceeded my (very) high expectations and are always responsive to my needs.

Mike Normant
Senior Director, Training & Development

Service Source

After a difficult search to find a partner that could address a very specific leadership development need, we chose LSA Global. They were responsive to our needs and created a solution that we continue to see results from. It is nice to know we have access to their expertise with a simple phone call.

Valerie Blackburn
Director of Business Operations

We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people. LSA designed a modular and customized management curriculum that allows us to deliver top quality solutions to our managers and leaders. We consider LSA to be our learning and development partner and our LSA consultants to be an extension of our team.

Lisa Bruun
SVP Human Resources

Ellie Mae

Great job in designing the Mergers and Acquisition strategy session for our global team. The executive presentation and information was excellent. I gained additional insight on the importance of the role of HR in Mergers and Acquisitions.

Gloria Veon
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Fujitsu

We consistently receive positive feedback about the quality of the LSA Leadership Training Programs and LSA facilitators. We recognize and appreciate the hard work LSA always goes through to align to our unique culture and meet our specific requirements. Thank you for regularly going above and beyond to design solutions to meet our needs. Your support and dedication, both on the strategic and tactical side, have been outstanding!

Anna Meyer
Leadership Development

Intuit

I contacted LSA to help us with leadership development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would match our needs as well as our personality. The solution was such a huge success. It received rave reviews. I would highly recommend LSA to other companies.

Karen King, SPHR
Manager, Human Resources

Alliance Data

The action-learning leadership project has been very beneficial to me, our leadership team, and the entire organization. The balance of development and results has been excellent. We have made huge progress, and I was also able to identify 2-3 high potentials while having the extra benefit of people stepping up to carry strategic projects forward. The Staff is very appreciative and has become very comfortable with both the program and the process. It is still going better than anticipated, and I have been very pleased.

Heather Feltman
President & CEO

LSS

“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”

Sally Buchannan
VP Human Resources

We selected LSA Global over 5 other companies to help our key executives improve their overall communication and executive presentation capabilities. LSA exceeded our expectations. Everyone had a great experience and are now incorporating the lessons into their teams. I highly recommend LSA to any executive team looking to better organize and more effectively deliver key executive-level messages when the stakes are high.

Todd Power
Office of the CEO

We signed up with LSA early on–as their 22nd Member! Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased and decreased and increased again with the changing times. The beauty of the LSA business model is its flexibility…when we needed to supplement our own internal resources, we used LSA services knowing that we could depend on the outstanding quality of the leadership development and management training programs they provide.

Margie Bunting
HR Manager

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