How Leadout Works: The Leadout Leadership Training Simulation
The Leadout leadership training simulation uses a land acquisition scenario to present every challenge found in leading high performing teams: leadership (formal and informal), team building, transfer of key people, financial and time restraints, planning, decision making, communicating, conflict resolution, interpersonal relationships and risk taking.
Participants experience Leadout as an exciting game, but it’s actually a powerful learning activity that develops leadership knowledge and skill on many levels. Leadout emphasizes the importance of core leadership behaviors. Rooted in theories developed by top management experts and David A. Kolb’s model of learning from experiential activities, Leadout offers participants the opportunity to hone their leadership skills while making quality decisions in the midst of typical organizational issues.
The Leadout Experience
Groups form Regional Offices of a land acquisition company. Their mission is to identify and secure land for the growing of grapes - land with four characteristics: adequate rainfall, proper drainage, rich soil and gentle slope.
Each Regional Office is provided with a Leadout land board with 144 squares that represent sections of land. The squares are covered with tabs. Each team member briefly receives a map with unique information of value to the team. Team members must then determine profitable land by removing tabs on the land board. Errors are costly. The team dynamic and realistic nature of the simulation will soon have all participants enthusiastically involved. Every move the individual makes affects the team and the final outcome. Tension builds, one square at a time, as the team’s decisions are exposed.
What Happens Next
The challenge is for each team to make quality decisions while confronting everyday organizational issues. In Leadout, communication is essential, strategy changes, conflicts arise, managers are transferred just when team trust is highest, financial and time constraints must be considered and with the demand for quick decisions, team members must collaborate and take risks.
Offering The Best in Leadership Development
So, the learning environment is set - one rich in leadership skill development potential. To succeed, the groups must plan effectively, implement their strategy, work together as a team, depend on the performance of each individual and yet cooperate in a competitive, high performance setting.
Throughout the Leadout leadership training simulation, dynamic learning occurs. The trainer intervenes at several points: to change managers of the teams, to initiate team-building experiences that allow for course correction, and to introduce new decision-making requirements. The experience ends with essential debriefing and self-reflection exercises.
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