• February 2024: Data Rich – but Collaboration Poor…?

    Big Data has had its share of big news days, even becoming the coolest class at some California high schools.  And as California goes, so goes the nation.  Maybe, but with one caveat that might deter some would-be big-number crunchers: it turns out that data scientists actually have to talk to other people and even…

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  • June 2023 – Every Kid (and Simulation Team) Wants Their Own Room

    Everyone likes having their own room – but what if the simulation teams in your class have to share? A typical business simulation class has 2 main elements – a group lecture/discussion segment and a simulation segment with the competing teams.  A key decision point in your planning is whether you’ll conduct both segments in…

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  • March 2023 – We Are The (Executive) Champions of the World. And of your Business Simulation Class.

    With all due respect to the band Queen – we are not ‘the champions of the world’ in which our business simulation classes run.  Instead, we need an actual Executive Champion to keep on fighting ‘til the end.  And through their participation and influence, to help support our classes. Executive support is valuable for anything…

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  • February 2023 – Training Programs – Good for Employee Engagement (and for robots too)

    Our previous posts on employee engagement have discussed The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, and the persistent war for talent.  Perhaps the U.S. chairman of PwC has also read our posts – but in his opinion talent has already won the war… If you can’t beat them, join them.  Learning and development training programs, it turns…

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  • January 2023 – Quietly Firing the Quiet Quitters

    Last month we wrote about The Great Resignation and the employee engagement challenges that have arisen post-Covid.  But let’s quit discussing that and start quietly talking about quitting… “Quiet quitting” is a catchy and popular buzz phrase to describe employees who are disengaged from their jobs and who do the least amount of work to…

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  • November 2022 – Never Surveyed a Customer We Didn’t Like

    Companies are in business to fulfill their customers’ needs and/or wants, and producing satisfied customers is one of the most important business results that a company can achieve.  The best companies strive not only to deeply understand the needs and wants of their target customers – but also to understand how well they are fulfilling…

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  • Fun and Games at Work

    Fancy coffee bars at work are a nice touch, but to build employee morale while also boosting business productivity, consider bringing games into play. Research has confirmed that adding play to the workplace can actually improve productivity by 20%. Playing while at work unites team members, helps blow off steam, and fosters innovation and creativity….

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  • Corporate Culture and Other Immeasurable Things.

    In response to the recent Wells Fargo fiasco, Lou Gerstner, former CEO of IBM, says that setting corporate values is not enough to guide good behavior and decision-making. You need to also measure the behavior you’re looking for. People don’t do what you expect (listen to the customer, respect diversity, develop employees), but what you…

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  • Business Competition Between Master of Engineering Management Programs

    We don’t often do public service announcements but here’s one we really believe in – the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree. If you’re an engineer thinking about getting an MBA, we recommend you look into the value of an MEM degree as another option. The degree combines advanced engineering classes with business and management…

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  • October 2015 – Secret Weapons in the War for Talent

    Secret Weapons in the War for Talent The war for talent is on. A war driven by the upcoming wave of retiring knowledge workers and the competition for their replacements. (click here to read some previous facts and figures compiled by PriSim) But how do you attract the best and brightest to your company above…

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