SIMS International  

Our simulations and programmes

The simulations can be integrated in management development programmes.
By emphasizing those aspects of strategy, marketing, operations and finance that are most relevant to your organisation’s business, these simulations can be tailored to your needs.

Strategic Performance – 2 days (UK/NL/D versions)
This simulation is aimed at both high potentials as well as senior managers of manufacturing companies and provides insight in the difference between strategic and tactical thinking and the skills required for both.
Participants are challenged to show flair and vision in their strategic thinking and actions while simultaneously effectively implementing the strategy of the company in practice. During this process they will realize the importance of operational discipline.
Strategic Service Performance – 2 days or 1 day + debriefing (UK/NL/D versions)
This simulation is also aimed at both high potentials as well as senior managers but with a focus on the service sector. The simulation, in which participants are also challenged to show flair and vision in their strategic thinking and actions, emphasizes the elements of skills development and creating added value, which are crucial for strategy implementation in the service sector. Instead of inventory management the simulation focuses on optimal use of staff to create the lowest cost structure and includes a programme aimed at strengthening customer loyalty.
Managerial Performance – 1 ˝ days (UK/NL/D versions)
Predominantly developed for first line managers, this simulation is specifically aimed at excellence in implementation. Therefore the focus is on gathering and evaluating relevant market and competitive information to improve implementation effectiveness. The simulation helps in creating a better understanding for and use of financial reporting data, optimizing the use of working capital and emphasizing customer orientation.
Change Management Communication (UK/NL/D versions) – ˝ day
This simulation can be used at all managerial levels and its focus is on the communication aspects in a change process. The simulation confronts the participants with very different reactions on change by managers and organisations. A range of communication instruments are offered from which the participant selects the appropriate tools. Participants get feedback from the organisation about the effect of their communication interventions.

Services which can be added to the generic simulations

At the request of the client the pay-off of the simulation experience can be enhanced by adding some services to the running of the simulation. Some examples are:

Behavioural skills observation and feedback
During the simulation the work in teams also reveals behavioural skills (leadership, communication, teamwork,time management etc.). We can add to our delivery team some consultants which are trained to observe behavior and give feedback on behaviour to increase the pay-off of the simulation experience.
Short translation into own business
The simulations are generic but at the end of the simulation we can present a 10 steps approach to help participants in translating the simulation experience into their own business practice.

Specific issues related programmes

We design programmes, with a simulation as core element, addressing specific topics and/or problems (cooperation, change, integration of business functions or cultures) which can be obstacles to business success. Some examples are:

Aligning business functions to enhance corporate success
Programme for functional specialists who usually focus on excellence in their professional field. This program promotes mutual insight and understanding across functions to jointly achieve corporate success. Examples are:
  1. The Human Resource manager as business partner
  2. The Controller as business partner
  3. The Manufacturing manager as business partner
Results enhancement for entrepreneurs
Programme developed for entrepreneurs providing insight in the elements determining the success of a business and their interrelationship. It shows the consequences of managerial choices and how they impact the competitive environment.
Investment acquisition performance accelerator
Programme specially developed for investment acquisitions. The acquiring party wants to improve as soon as possible the strategic and operational performance of the acquired company.
This programme enhances the skills of the senior managers of the acquired company and orients their attitudes and commitments towards the necessary changes. It allows the purchaser to achieve its financial objectives by managing the change process at arms’ length, as the senior management of the acquired company is committed to acting on the purchaser’s behalf.
The accelerated strategic merger & acquisition implementation process
Programme to accelerate the merger/acquisition integration. Although one of this program’s pay-offs is an enhanced awareness among key senior managers of both organisations of the strategic rational of the merger/acquisition, its main goals are to
  • improve the integration skills needed for a successful post-merger or acquisition process, and
  • to shift attitudes of senior managers from a passive acceptance towards enthusiastic support
Change leadership
Programme for managers who are responsible for a change process. Showing that leadership and implementing change are pillars of business success. This programme supports the successful and rapid implementation of a change project specific to your organization. It offers a direct pay-off, as its deliverables are:
  • the essential ingredients for your change project
  • a draft action plan (what-who-when)

Programmes focused on individual managers

We design programmes, with a simulation as core element, which develop insight in and improve know-how, skills and attitudes to allow the individual manager to provide a greater contribution to corporate success. Some examples are:

SPIP- strategic performance improvement programme
Program aimed at high potentials as well as middle management. It combines a business simulation with leadership and/or team training.
Prior to the start of the programme an assessment of the participants’ knowledge, skills and attitudes is conducted. During the programme participants will be observed on personal qualities like leadership, initiative, courage and perseverance. Simultaneously the task-oriented competencies and effective communication of the manager are observed.
A Personal Development Plan for each participant will be provided at the end of the programme.
This 3-days programme can be delivered as a stand-alone programme or included as a module in an existing management development programme.
Women’s Business Acumen Workshop
Programme aimed at female managers wanting to re-enter the labour force. It combines action learning in the form of a business simulation, personality tests and behavioural observation. The pay-offs for the participants are:
  • Increased strategic knowledge and skills
  • Improved understanding of and competences in implementation of strategy
  • Understanding of business performance measurement
  • Insight into own thinking preferences and competences
  • Suggestions for further personal development