Playmakers™

Playmakers is a leadership simulation about team performance and stakeholder engagement. The game challenges the participants’ ability to handle all the different aspects of team and project leadership, including the ability to lead a high-performing team as well as being aware of, and acting on, all of the different interests presented by different stakeholders. The simulation is about leadership rather than management.

TEAM AND STAKEHOLDER LEADERSHIP WITH MANY FACETS

Project and operational management is not only about planning and budgeting. Expecations and scope often change character over time and many different stakeholders are involved. Often steering committees define and redefine goals and visions while other stakeholders – either internal or external - have other agendas that might influence the team or project. Both external stakeholders and internal team dynamics must be handled. Team leadership has many different phases that the project or team manager must deal with. For many this is a difficult task.

Playmakers trains and teaches participants in the task of leading people: engaging team members, steering committees, and others that might influence the team or task at hand. The simulation focuses on leading individuals as well as groups – on motivation and conflict management as well as communication and negotiation. 

Playmakers offers the participants a safe forum where they can try out difficult leadership tasks, and learn with and from each other.

THE SIMULATION

Playmakers is based upon a concrete case that defines the setting. During three phases of the simulation, participants are challenged to lead a concrete project that changes character as they play. Unforeseen difficulties arise, and goals and visions are changed. The participants must relate to the long-term goals of the project as well as the crises that inevitably arise. The participants work in teams to ensure knowledge sharing and joint learning. The simulation supports participants in the ability to analyse, recognize and handle organisational, group-based, and individual dilemmas within team and project leadership.

The simulation supports participants in the ability to analyse, recognize and handle organisational, group-based, and individual dilemmas within team and project leadership.

The Theory

Playmakers is based on a number of recognised leadership and project models and theories – among those are Daniel Goleman, J.R. Katzenbach and Bruce W. Tuckman.
 

References

Playmakers is used by numerous organizations including Danfoss, ISS, Novo Nordisk and on various master programmes.

”Playmakers gives a fantastic insight into the many different aspects that demand consideration in a big company – both on a political and a personal level - to ensure optimal performance. The simulation offered us a great platform for common understanding about what good project management is to us –the way we do it.”
Søren Skafe Overgaard, CEO, e-Types

Application

  • As a integrated part of talent and leadership academies and training programmes.
  • As training for specific teams that would like to be better at team collaboration, project leadership and stakeholder management.
  • As a training tool for facilitating discussions on organisational development, project management, leadership understanding or cross-organisational collaboration.  

Facts

  • Is played in groups of 3 to 6 persons.
  • Can be played in a half or a full day or as part of a longer training programme.
  • Can be facilitated by Workz or by your own employees who have been certified by Workz.
  • Playmakers is available in English and Danish.