What is a GRA Experiential Business Simulation?

The focus is on creating real opportunities to bring learning to life and not just rely on facilitator-led presentations. Delegates will develop strategic business plans, manage their finances and lead a series of challenges which replicate the stresses and pressures of a real-world business in an environment away from their comfort zone.

Typical business simulations put teams through case study reviews of real organisations, a range of strategic scenarios for their own organisation or reviewing historical performance. On our experiential business simulations, delegates undertake real challenges and exercises to earn revenue for a fictious organisation that will be 'in business' for the duration of the simulation.

GRA has over 30 years of experience designing and delivering experiential business simulations. Our simulations are designed to create an emotionally safe environment in which to put those theories to the test, witness how they impact on performance and receive constructive feedback through structured reviews. Our aim is to support people’s ability to successfully and sustainability apply it in the workplace.

Our simulations are tailored to your organisation’s values, culture and the learning journey your employees are experiencing to develop crucial leadership skills and the right mindset and behaviours for successful team performance. We draw out these elements through the customer expectations we set, the activities and challenges delegates undertake and the structured reviews completed afterwards.

Benefits of our approach:

  • Practical experiential learning to support validation and understanding of theory
  • Tailored to the experience and seniority of delegates
  • Emotionally safe environment to test skills away from their comfort zone
  • Challenges designed to draw out your desired behaviours and learning outcomes
  • Structured reviews and action plans
  • Choice of modalities: face-to-face or virtual
  • Challenge by choice

Expectations of delegates

How do you ensure your training courses embed the key skills required to close leadership gaps, build collaborative teams, transform performance or create sustainable change within your organisation?

Modern learning models, such as 70-20-10, highlight the importance of experience in the learning process. While an understanding of leadership and team development theory can support our learning, true development happens through practical application and putting the skills to the test. We focus on ensuring the delegates get real experience with the following expectations:

  • Lead a fictious company for the duration of the simulation
  • Achieve customer expectations
  • Manage various stakeholder relationships
  • Ownership for strategic decision-making
  • Budget management and financial planning
  • Project management
  • Undertake practical exercises which will test their leadership and team performance capabilities
  • Constructive and introspective reviews to apply the learning to the workplace

Our simulations are not to be confused with traditional classroom learning programmes. GRA offers a wide range of leadership and team behaviour and skill development programmes and the aim of simulations is to create practical situations to test and reflect on that theory before applying it in the workplace.

Our facilitators have a wealth of experience designing and delivering tailored simulations, therefore we can also incorporate real initiatives within your organisation into the simulation. For example, projects focused on sustainability, communication strategy or implementing technology initiatives.


Who is the target audience for GRA Simulations?

GRA’s Experiential Business Simulations are tailored to the requirements of your organisation. We partner with your team to understand your organisation and the drivers for success. We have designed different activities and performance standards for varying levels of experience and seniority of delegates who undertake our challenges.

We would work closely with you to ensure the simulation was suitable to your delegates and their learning journey:

  • Senior leadership teams
  • First Time Managers
  • Accelerated development delegates
  • Graduates
  • Apprentices
  • Newly formed teams
  • In-tact teams
  • Project teams

Get in Touch

If you’d like to learn more about GRA’s Experiential Business Simulations and how we can support learning and development initiatives within your organisation, please get in touch below.