Ambitious leaders understand the value of business theories, but still struggle to apply them in practice. Traditional solutions like books, seminars or coaching, are difficult to implement in reality.
One of the most efficient way to learn is to make a mistake or an error and then think how to avoid that to happen the next time. That’s why we have developed our mobile game: game environment allows to face real-life leadership challenges safely.
Users' goal is to get their every team member into their viking ship – and at the same time they are practicing leadership skills.
In the game, a leader plays various “challenges” that simulate their working life. It is also possible to add certain personality types that represent real-life team members into the game. Users' goal is to get their every team member into their viking ship – and at the same time they are practicing for example team dynamics, project management or communication.
Why that viking is moving but that one not? Why some of the vikings look happy but others don't?
To accomplish each challenge, user has to choose several different actions. Such as: having a meeting, clarifying priorities, analyzing processes and so on. Sounds easy, but it’s pretty complicated – just like real life. Why that viking is moving but that one not? Why some of the vikings look happy but others don’t? For example these questions you have to encounter when playing the game.
Feedback and analysis will provide the answers. Little by little, user gets understanding what the best actions are to motivate their team and individual team members in each case.
More than 30 companies were engaged in co-creation and testing our beta version.
More than 30 companies were engaged in co-creation and testing our beta version. After our solution got validated, we have focused on constant iteration. We are proud to say that our solution is globally first of its kind. It merges the best leadership and management theories and provides valuable data and analysis to its users in cost-effective way. And it’s fun to play!
It can have severe consequences if a leader fails – but in the other hand leaders have to make errors to learn.
Leadership has a huge impact on both financial performance and employee engagement. It can have severe consequences if a leader fails, but in the other hand leaders have to make errors to learn the best ways to do things.
We all make mistakes – leaders, too – and it's a good thing. We should encourage people to fail, and in a game environment making a mistake is totally okay. That's why we are here. Our aim is to revolutionize leadership training and give leaders and managers the chance to fail and learn from it – nothing more, nothing less.
Heli Saarelainen is the CEO of Viking Theories. She has been helping managers to improve their leadership skills for several years. In the 90s, she studied classical ballet and saw David Hasselhoff live in Leipzig.
Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash.