So, how’ve you been?

So…long time no speak. We’ve been quiet but plodding along.

A few bits of news:

We’ve launched  a new version of our best selling Property Trading Game – a collaborative version. Our original version set teams up to compete and the heat of competition and getting compelled in the game helped them forget to pretend and just be themselves – all good stuff. The collaborative version twists this and rather than compete they have to work together with other teams to win the game, “Easy” or is it? In our product trials what we found was the behaviour and the processes of collaborating with other teams tested the participants as much if not more than competing. We’ll be giving it a run out in our summer demos…

We’re holding our now annual summer demos in June and July. For anyone who may be interested – HR, L&D, OD, Consulting types, to come along and try one of our games for themselves – try before you (hopefully) buy! You can find more information here: Open Events. The dates are June 22nd for Property Trading Game – Collaborative and July 6th for The Game is Afoot (Moriarty is already planning more dastardly challenges!)

Speaking of L&D types, we are getting amongst them and have confirmed we will be exhibiting at the CIPD L&D show in May. This annual event fills London’s Olympia with post it note brandishing, flip chart ready L&D professionals all thirsty for inspiration or at least some free swag. We’ll be storming it from stand 866 (lucky for some?) and if you’re planning to be there we’ll happily ply you with Quality Street. It’s being held on May 10th and 11th and you can sign up for free admission here

And finally, with a little glow of pride, we wanted to congratulate the team at Crossrail for getting a silver in ‘Best Leadership Development Programme’ at the Training Journal Awards in November. We are proud to say that every programme they ran had at least one of our games as part of it and the feedback from participants made it clear that they appreciated a different way of getting to know their fellow participants even if they did think the person ‘playing’ Moriarty was evil!!!

Anyway, enough about us…how’ve you been?

 

 

New stuff in our Kitbag

We’ve got some products we absolutely love running, they were where Kitbag started and have been really well received as we’ve gone through this our first year but every kitbag needs refreshing from time to time and thanks to some client feedback and a client request we’ve got 2 new products to add to the bag.

Bread

The first was based on a request from medical devices company Resmed. They were bringing their European commercial team together for a 3 day meeting and needed an exercise or game that was both fun but also stimulated thought they could transport back into the realities of their business. It also had to be accessible to a multi-national multi-lingual audience, couldn’t be expensive and had to be completed in half a day – no challenge then!

We came up with Bread – a simple exercise that takes the team into the world of the bread category in retail and challenges them to use provided and collected data to understand how the category could be grown. Thankfully the game worked (we’ve had a great testimonial from their FD) and they are cool with it now becoming one of our core products

You can find out more about the Bread game (as they named it) here

Bid the Grid

The second new product is a response to repeated client feedback that whilst they loved playing ‘The Property Trading Game’ they didn’t like being bound to London. They wanted the fun, challenge and immersion that The Property Trading Game provided but needed it to be portable to where their organisation or client needed an intervention – our answer is Bid the Grid.

Teams compete to finish a number of tasks they have to bid for from our grid – scoring points on completion to find the eventual winner. It tests the team as a whole, in pairs and as individuals making them plan and allocate tasks working out who will be best at what. The race against time and the other team(s) will drive behaviour that will give the participants lots of food for thought (for that read reflection) and the facilitators some great data to help them help the groups develop.

You can find more information about Bid the Grid here

Now, please form an orderly queue and let us know if we need to get a new order pad printed 😉

The doors are open!

It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose it’s how you play the game…. and in this case it’s the Property Trading game.

We are yet again throwing our metaphorical doors open to any and all who would like to come and play. The objectives for the day are very grown up – a chance to step away and reflect, an opportunity to understand some more about yourself, meeting new and like minded people to network with but really the secret objective for the day is to have FUN!

We did a similar thing last year (and you can read more about how that worked out here) but this time we are working with our partners to ensure we get the widest mix of people possible. We are also asking a small fee of £350 which will cover the facilitation, the game and dinner in the evening.

You can find out more and how to book here and please, feel free to tell your friends!