Before pilots are allowed to fly an airplane, they spend hours in flight simulations to equip them with the necessary skills they will need to deal with any possible scenario that they may encounter whilst in the air. Even pilots with years of experience still put in countless hours of simulation time to ensure they remain at the top of their game. In the medical environment simulations have become crucial to ensure that doctors and surgeons remain up to date with new procedures and techniques. It provides them with the freedom to experiment with complex procedures and situations without the fear of endangering lives.
The fact is that over the last few decades the importance of real life simulations have become evident over a wide spectrum of disciplines. We have even seen simulations applied with great success for the evaluation and training of military personnel and emergency response teams. In all the above mentioned areas, simulations have been introduced to evaluate and identify the affects and consequences of possible options without the real life impact when things go wrong.
So why then do we not use simulations in the business environment to ensure that our business leaders and teams are fully equipped to deal with the unique demands of their environment and industry and also have an opportunity to test new ideas and processes without the financial impact associated with failure?
Business simulations have been around for many years and have been used with great success as a tool for business training and analysis. Although very popular in countries like the USA and Great Britain, very few South African companies are familiar with, or have used business simulations as a development tool within their organisations. Business simulations have become more and more popular within Business Schools and Universities, but one of the problems experienced with these simulations is that many of them have been developed by American or European groups and are therefore not always relevant to the South African business framework and they are very expensive.
The Chocolate Factory is one of our highly effective, locally developed business simulations with a wide scope of application. The Chocolate Factory can be used with great success to facilitate learning in areas such as leadership development, customer care, operations management, strategic thinking, systems thinking, sales and marketing, business finances, performance management, teamwork and many more. This simulation can be customised to include any required scenario and can be applied to any level of the business.
The Chocolate Factory is a real, operational factory with a complete production, stock control, packaging, quality, SHE and shipping division. The factory can be run with between 13 and 34 people, and based on the specific requirements, scenarios and rolls can be manipulated to make the experience more relevant.
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
– Albert Einstein