“A simulation requires action and decisions. Students are right in the mix, having an experience as opposed to reading about an experience.” Professor Amy Edmondson

Team Simulations

✓ Identify new and innovative communication methods
✓ Create a framework for positive team participation
✓ Test team collaboration and ‘Teaming’ skills
✓ Challenge existing norms and embrace change
✓ Explore opportunities for growth
✓ Evaluate personal participation in teams

Modes of Delivery:
✓ Virtual Online
✓ Classroom
✓ Onsite

Team Simulations

Many organisations are using team simulation exercises to develop the skills and capabilities of their employees and teams. Our Team Simulations help to create innovative, dynamic, and very effective developmental team training events that focus on team knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Team simulation training often comprises employees from different departments who come together to work as a team in an unfamiliar challenging, time-limited, and fun environment. The newly formed teams must work together to communicate, make decisions, solve problems, negotiate, experiment, and design new ways of working together.

“A simulation requires action and decisions. Students are right in the mix, having an experience as opposed to reading about an experience.” Professor Amy Edmondson, Harvard Business School

The overarching focus of team simulations is to create a shared experience whereby team members will develop new insights and challenge their idea of teamwork and ‘teaming’.  Amy Edmondson in her book ‘The Fearless Organization’ refers to ‘Teaming’ as ‘teamwork on the fly’…. She states that “In a growing number of organizations, the constantly shifting nature of work means that many teams disband almost as soon as they’ve formed. You could be working on one team right now, but in a few days, or even a few minutes, you may be on another team”.

Recent research shows that different training interventions yield different results – there are four basic strategies for improving team interpersonal skills, facilitation, coaching, and team simulation.  Some are discussion-based and others are experience-based.  Team simulation is an experience-based intervention that is guaranteed to improve team communication and responsiveness.   

How can team simulations help?

Team simulations can support the development of your team in several ways including:

  1. Pressing the reset button – helping teams to focus on improved team performance
  2. Helping teams to identify what’s going well and what could be improved
  3. Critically analyzing new ways of doing things and new ways of communicating
  4. Creating buy-in for new ideas and innovation
  5. Identifying unhelpful habits and learning to deal with resistance
  6. Managing conflict and embracing change

Team simulations are highly energetic, interactive, fun, and challenging.  Team simulations are delivered online to suit your employee’s schedules and are typically co-facilitated by highly experienced instructors.

Most of our team simulations are designed & customised to meet the needs of our clients and the organisational behaviours they wish to address.  Our ‘Zoombies’ simulation is a current favourite but there are many more….

Virtual Scavenger Hunt

You and your team have just returned to work post-pandemic.  You haven’t seen your team members for more than 18 months and your boss has decided to treat your team to a few nights away to give everyone a chance to catch up face to face.  To add to the enjoyment your boss has organized a Mystery Tour of sorts. The clues will give you a hint as to where you are going and what you need to bring. You will need to solve all the clues before you discover your end destination

Escape the Zoombies – Online Escape Room

Zoom.US has been the target of a cyber attack and the ‘zoombies’ have taken control & everyone who was in a Zoom meeting at the time of the attack has been taken, hostage.….

Crack the code & Escape from the Zoombies

In participating in this simulation teams will:

  1. Explore the evolving concept of Teamwork in a Virtual World
  2. Test team collaboration and ‘Teaming’ skills
  3. Use logical problem-solving & analysis to crack the codes
  4. Face challenges – Critical Thinking is key & Time is of the essence
  5. Answer the question: Has their team got what it takes to collaborate effectively in a challenging and unfamiliar situation?

Other Workshops in this series include:

  • Mystery Dinner Party – diversity and inclusion.
  • The Summit – meeting skills, negotiation, delegation, and influence.
  • The Which List –  decision making and critical thinking.
  • Escape To Hotel Grande – customer service, problem-solving, and conflict management.

Contact us directly to learn more about our range of Team Simulation Workshops.

Find Out More

How Long Does a Simulation Workshop take to Complete?

Workshops can be as short as two hours but for deeper insights we recommend half day events.

How do I get a Quotation?

Email us at info@newlinkstraining.com or alternatively you can call Jim at 086 8587505.

What is the minimum/maximum number of participants?

We recommend 8 – 16 participants for optimum benefit and opportunities to emphasise team dynamics.

Who’s my trainer?

Simulation workshops are usually co-facilitated by at least two highly skilled facilitators. Trainer profiles are available to view on the ‘Meet the Team’ page.