Business Without Tears
The Professional Way to Eliminate Mistakes and Secure Success
In the business of transporting the public, safety standards are generally high because mistakes can be hazardous – not just for those on board but also for innocent bystanders. Those at the sharp end are normally required to hold some form of licence and demonstrate competence on a regular basis.
But livelihoods are also put at risk when any business goes awry. It’s not just the staff who are affected but clients, our customers, shareholders and suppliers. Yet, to all intents, people are free to start, acquire or run a business without really knowing whether they have all of the necessary skills to survive, let alone succeed. A staggering proportion fails. Can it be a coincidence that there has been no recognised business equivalent to the driving or flying licence?
On-line business games can change this. It’s easy to take part, both for competitors and facilitators.
The simulation uses generic cause-and-effect principles which apply in every business.
It is “internally interactive” – revealing how policy changes in one area can impact others in an organisation.
It is also “externally interactive” – showing how your policy decisions impact competitors, and how theirs impact you!
- Imagine running a virtual business, overcoming typical challenges ranging from setting realistic forecasts, converting losses to profits or building market share, while overcoming customer service and quality issues? You might also have to handle a market downturn, a credit crunch or a labour dispute.
- What if you could see the results of a year’s trading within minutes of deciding your strategy and committing to a set of policy decisions?
- What if you could compete against others in a virtual market, comparing your results with those of your competitors, interpreting trends, learning from experience and adapting to changing circumstances for up to six trading periods - and all this at a time of your own choosing?
- Suppose you could see your scores, based not only on the value of the company you’ve helped create but how well you’ve balanced the often-conflicting interests of staff, customers, shareholders and suppliers?
- Suppose you could highlight areas with the greatest scope for improvement or discover hidden blind spots?
.co.uk is a resource where individuals and teams involved in developing a business, together with their coaches, mentors or advisers can identify strengths, discover aspects that may require further attention or experiment with alternative strategies, all without risking real assets or people. Most of all, you can develop that primary key to success – the confidence to take on a new challenge, whether it’s a promotion, starting up a new enterprise, growing an existing business or diversifying into new markets. This does for business decision makers what a flight simulator does for pilots. In more ways than one, it’s all about time!
"Discovery consists of seeing what everyone has seen, and thinking what no-one has thought."
Albert Szent-Gyorgi, 1937 Nobel Laureate