Bridgebuilders™

Bridgebuilders is an engaging tool for training leadership of globally distributed teams. The game teaches leaders how to form and run well-functioning global teams through good times and bad.

Our workplaces are rapidly becoming truly global. Teams are more and more often distributed across continents, cultures and time zones. Today’s leaders must be capable of creating and running high performance teams consisting of people from different cultures located in different regions.

PRACTISING GLOBAL LEADERSHIP

Bridgebuilders focuses on how to build efficient and coherent teams across distances and cultures, while creating and maintaining good stakeholder relations and adhering to the fundamentals of good leadership.

GAME DYNAMICS

The participants take on the role of a leader of a newly formed global team with corporate responsibilities. The players must build a high performing team that can deliver quality output in an environment occupied by sometimes skeptical stakeholders with their own agendas. The leadership simulation offers managers a safe forum to try out difficult leadership skills. 

THEORY

Bridgebuilders is inspired by recognized theories on management, virtual teams, and cultural traits, including Daniel Goleman, Stephen Bungay, Erin Meyers and Geert Hofstede.

APPLICATION

  • For managers involved in leading distributed teams.
  • As part of ongoing leadership programmes and academies. 
  • For newly formed distributed teams.

OUTCOME

  • A better understanding of the challenges facing leaders of distributed teams and how to address these challenges.
  • Increased reflection on personal leadership styles and how to become better at leading high performance teams across distance and culture.

FACTS

  • A class set of Bridgebuilders consists of four group sets and will train 12 to 24 people.
  • A full Bridgebuilders session takes one day, but the tool can also be used for half-day sessions or as part of a longer training programme.
  • Can be facilitated by Workz or by your own employees who have been certified by Workz.
  • Available in English.
  • The game and its components
    The game and its components
  • The game is played by selecting leadership actions
    The game is played by selecting leadership actions
  • There are both action targeting the team and the stakeholders
    There are both action targeting the team and the stakeholders
  • Team members and stakeholders are placed on a performance grid
    Team members and stakeholders are placed on a performance grid
  • Action move team members and stakeholders on the performance grid
    Action move team members and stakeholders on the performance grid
  • Each participant get a personal booklet
    Each participant get a personal booklet