A busy summer…

Autumn seems to have arrived with some force and it’s prompted reflection on what’s been a very busy summer for us.

It’s mostly been about our Property Trading Game which we’ve run six times with the teams from Crossrail – everyone from Senior Managers to the Apprentices (that said it does help one of our partners is in the OD team!), once with the global marketing team from Dollar Financial (thanks to VP Digital Marketing David Henry for that one) and finally our ‘there is such a thing as a free lunch’ open day – where 15 brave volunteers came and played on what must have been one of the hottest days of the summer.

A good time was had by all it seemed and apart from some tired feet there’s been some superb reflection and discussion in the post-game sessions we’ve been part of.

So apart from a little light trumpet blowing that’s it apart from sharing two of our favourite pictures from our busy summer. The first from the Open Day where the team chose the ‘Ascent of Man’ for their inventive team picture

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And the second from early September where one of the teams from Dollar Financial invented a new performance art – tube ballet, which they demonstrated to a packed rush hour metropolitan line tube. Our only challenge after that event is the lady from Finland who wants to play the game with her team – may have to be our portable version ‘Bid the Grid’!

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Hope you all had a good summer and remember to give us a shout if you have a team build at risk of being boring!

They came, they saw, they played…

So we planned a demo day. The idea was to get a group of people out to play our Property Trading Game and get some fun and networking thrown in too. The original invite is here so feel free to read it.

The demo day was yesterday and 8 brave souls duly turned up in London without much idea of what the day would hold and thanks to them all for playing with such enthusiasm and commitment.

Without going into step by step detail the day seemed to really work – taking a group of people some of whom knew each other in real life, some through Twitter and some not at all and letting them play was such a great experience and one dare we say it we may repeat. We finished at 4.15pm in a pub in the West End and when dinner finished at 7pm people were still talking about the day and the game which has to be said left smiles on faces.

Some great feedback for us on the game itself, how we could sell it better and differently and hopefully a few interested parties who can now see how a product like our Property Trading Game could fit into what they do but all in all a great fun day which left people seemingly knackered but energised. We think that’s job done!

Some photos from the ‘car’ team below, ‘boot’ team to follow when someone sends them over

The car team do their “inventive team picture” (we think they were inventing bikes)

Next came the artistic team picture (spot the ass)

and not forgetting a picture of the team in a phone box (business cards were NOT collected!)

And as for the ‘boot’ team, they crammed into a phone box too….

Attempted an artistic picture (not sure if they saw no evil!!)

and even accosted a celebrity for 300 points (although we may need reminded who he is…)

One of the participants (@Changecontinuum) has written 4 blog posts following his reflections on the day that can be found here:

The one where the “Boot” was on the other foot – Part 1 “The Roles we Play”

The one where the “Boot” was on the other foot – Part2 “The Way we think”

The one where the “Boot” was on the other foot – Part 3 “The Way we Act”

The one where the “Boot was on the other foot – Part 4 “The Art of Giving”

Another (@kateGL) has written another post you can find here:

Winning Ways

Come and play!

The challenge we have is that once people have tried one of our games or simulations they seem to love them but getting people to try them is the challenge so we’re running a demo day. We’ll be very upfront about this we are trying to develop more business

What’s in it for us?

  • The opportunity to demonstrate our most well used product
  • The chance to build some potential useful relationships
  • Seeing people enjoy what we do
  • A great pizza and a few drinks

What’s in it for you?

  • The opportunity to try our most well used product
  • The chance to build some potentially useful relationships
  • Having a day out of the office with likeminded people and the chance to reflect, share and take a step back
  • A great pizza and a few drinks

The plan is to get a group of 12-16 people together, some practitioners, some consultants, some bloggers and us, and play our Property Trading Game in London. Followed by pizza and a few drinks in Soho. You would need to commit a day of your time, some energy and that’s pretty much it.

We are looking at dates in early November but won’t confirm until we have a good group together so please let us know if you’re interested.

P.S. Probably the easiest way to let us know is to comment here, thanks!

Update:

We now have 20 odd people and one definite date of November 24 with a possible on November 23