Challenge Simulation Series


The Challenge Simulation Series is a collection of dynamic team exercises that focus on improving knowledge and skills in complex areas such as critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and strategic planning. Although the topics addressed by the simulations are appropriate for a wide variety of audiences, they are particularly relevant to those who are in—or who aspire to move into—higher-level positions. Examples include: Critical Thinking Challenge™ and Organizational Change Challenge™.

Organizational Change Challenge™

The Situation
Concerns about the stagnating growth require that you and the other top managers outline a change process for revitalizing the company.

The Challenge
Sequence 17 activities in the order they should be implemented to most effectively accomplish organizational change.

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Critical Thinking Challenge™

The Situation
You work for a manufacturer of high-quality plastic parts on one of its continuous improvement teams.

The Challenge
Come up with creative and workable solutions to five problems—all of which are difficult to solve by means of traditional problem-solving approaches.

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Ethical Decision Challenge™

The Situation
You are a member of your hospital’s Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for evaluating research proposals involving human subjects.

The Challenge
Rank 10 research practices involving human subjects in order of their relative permissibility or acceptability.

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Constructive Negotiations Challenge™

The Situation
You work at a computer software company and serve on a committee responsible for negotiating agreements and contracts.

The Challenge
Sequence 17 negotiation activities in the order they should be implemented to effectively develop integrative contracts and agreements.

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Strategic Planning Challenge™

The Situation
You are the manager of a strategic business unit and are developing strategic plans consistent with the larger organization.

The Challenge
Sequence 18 critical strategic planning activities in the order they should be implemented to most effectively achieve a set of integrated plans.

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Performance Management Challenge™

The Situation
You serve on a committee responsible for performance management guidelines and procedures used throughout a large financial services company.

The Challenge
Sequence 20 performance management activities in the order they should be implemented to improve the performance of appraisees.

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Project Management Challenge™

The Situation
You are a project manager appointed to serve on a committee responsible for outlining a process for managing projects.

The Challenge
Sequence 24 typical project management activities in the order they should be carried out to maximize the effectiveness of the process.

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