Shift your Leadership Team's Competencies From Good to Great

Organizational Transformation
Capability Building

Mid 2014, we were approached by an extraordinary client looking for something very specific: a board game that would help them train their next generation of leaders. The client already had a deep culture of creativity, collaboration, and professional development, and their weeklong leadership training course was one of the best in the business. So when their learning and development team came to us looking to make it even better, we knew the bar was set high. The only real gap in their program was teaching leadership competencies, a crucial but somewhat dry set of skills and best practices that were notoriously difficult to connect with the real-life practice of leadership. 

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XPLANE partnered with the learning and development team for an intensive workshop at the client’s headquarters focused on understanding the audience, the skills to be learned, and the experience they hoped to create. By the end of the first day, we were already prototyping possible game mechanics with the client and over the course of the next few months, we'd tested multiple versions, adjusting both the content of the game and the way it was played.

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Client

Global Consumer
Goods Brand

Impact

Currently ranked as the strongest component of leadership training

Deployed to 40,000+ employees worldwide

Solution

In the end, we created a game experience that included a custom game board, game pieces, multiple card decks, and leader boards for score-tracking. Structured around the metaphor of an expedition, the game drew on extensive internal research on different leadership styles, encouraging players to identify their own style and play to their strengths. Fundamentally, it was about presenting players with realistic leadership scenarios, then guiding them through their options in a way that let them internalize the right competencies rather than simply giving superficial explanations. It focused on personal capacity, coaching, leading change, and results. 

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Your team has this ability to hear the conversation and represent it in design.
It’s just amazing."

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