The Powering Up Simulation is a 16-hour learning experience that can be delivered in-person over two days or virtually over four 4-hour sessions. The program teaches business acumen and financial literacy skills to Front Line Leaders and specifically focuses on teaching participants the drivers of profitability at their organization. The primary learning methodology was a highly customized computer simulation that models profitability at the corporate level as well as the business unit level. The primary purpose of the program was to help participants understand how they impact profitability within their own organization.
During simulation activities, participants were organized into simulation teams of four to five persons. Collectively, team members assume the role of a Branch Manager for a fictional heavy equipment dealership known as the Chinook Wind Group (CWG). As Branch Manager, simulation teams managed and made decisions for a multi-functional business that includes Product Sales, Product Support Sales, Service Operations, Parts and Warehouse, and Finance and Admin.
Simulation teams made four rounds of simulation decisions during the program. Each round simulates a quarter in the life of the business.
Simulation teams do not compete against one another. Instead, the teams competed against automated competitors, which are modeled after their organizations significant product and service competitors.
The Powering Up Simulation is offered in English and Spanish, supporting the organization’s three geographic regions. All elements of the program — participant materials, presentation slides, and the simulation software — are available in both languages.