• Game On! – Virtual networking session, happy-hour, or event

    At PriSim Business War Games we recently held our annual Holiday Party. And just like most companies, we had to overcome the obstacle of holding the event in the shadow of Covid-19. Should we try to do something in person utilizing social distancing

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  • Education + Engagement = “Edugagement”​!

    COVID has forced all businesses to “do things differently.” For PriSim, the effort to pivot to virtual exercises was not difficult due to the “digital” nature of our existing product (the business simulations are computer-based). As clients embraced virtual meetings and training courses (some quickly and some more slowly), a funny thing happened. The requirement…

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  • Integrate Your Simulation Agenda – And Let Your Participants “Hear The Music”

    You might be surprised to hear that a key question in the instructional-design of a business simulation class is – “Where do you actually put the simulation?” While that sounds like a rhetorical “Is rain wet?” type of question, answering it is not as simple as it might seem.  And finding the right answer comes…

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  • A new, improved “normal”​

    I recently read a question that got me thinking: “what parts of ‘normal’ are worth getting back to?” Great question! In “normal” times PriSim primarily delivers instructor-led, onsite, live classes. Even though we’ve conducted distanced-based, virtual exercises for years with University audiences, those were the exception and not the rule (especially for corporate clients). Well,…

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  • Colored Paper

    During a business simulation exercise, there is a lot of data to analyze. PriSim allows participants to review all reports on their team computer monitor; however, we have found that many participants still like to print the data. This allows them to highlight, take notes, and underline relevant information. The downside is that often there…

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  • Should participants go through a Business Simulation multiple times? – Third Times a Charm!

    We’ve been building business simulations since 1994. We have long-term clients who we’ve worked with for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years. In several of our clients we are used for 101, 201, and 301-level curriculums that build business, financial, and leadership acumen. When we have a longer-term client “relationship,” occasionally individuals will show up…

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  • Silver Pens and Motivation

    At the conclusion of PriSim’s business simulation exercises, we recognize the winners of the competition with a prize. Our trophy of choice for the winning team is an inexpensive solid silver magic levitating pen. But is this simple prize what motivates participants to stay focused over multiple days of number crunching, lectures, decision making, and…

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  • Create an Unfair Advantage During a Recession

    Could any rational company actually look forward to a recession?  Here’s an article from the Associated Equipment Distributors that outlines how you can prepare for, rather than dread, an economic downturn.  The article describes how Caterpillar actively planned for the 2008 recession and was able to produce a profit and advance its financial condition –…

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  • How Jelly Beans Can Change The World

    It goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: it’s rude and inconsiderate to show up late to a meeting.  And while it shouldn’t need to be researched, you’ll find lots of data to support the negative impacts of tardiness, such as this article and this one. Think about it: ten people waiting six minutes…

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  • Pen and Paper Exercise – Moments of Truth

    As business people, we are naturally focused on business results: profits, performance, market share, and the KPI “flavor of the day”…  But we also realize that satisfied customers are our most important business result.  In the words of Peter Drucker, “…the purpose of business is to create a customer.” Here’s a pen and paper exercise…

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