Collaboration Business Simulation


An Experiential Master Class in Collaboration, CONSORTIUM offers delegates the opportunity to massively improve their organizational collaboration skills in a scenario where “if one fails all fail!”

CONSORTIUM is a great tool for silo-busting in organizations and also offers solid learning around Business Acumen, Negotiation, Customer Engagement and Communications under pressure. It can also be used as a Development Centre with departments and teams to assess and improve their collaboration effectiveness.

Each of up to 6 teams is the management team of an Artisan Coffee Roaster with its own unique coffee roast, cost structure and production capacities.

However ..... as well as being direct competitors, the Roasters have been trying to work as a "Consortium" and have just won their first test contract to provide a major retailer with demanding volumes of their first collective product - an own-label artisan coffee selection box containing a bag of each of their distinctive roasts - all delivered in just 4 weeks!

IF the Roasters can work together and successfully deliver this pilot contract, then a massive contract should follow.


Core Simulation Skillsets

Competitive Collaboration

  • The importance of Collaborative Goals
  • Collaboration-Friendly Measurements & Incentives
  • Establishing Collaboration Ground Rules
  • Navigating Collaboration/Competition Dynamics
  • Balancing Individual and Collective Goals
  • Negotiating with Partners & Customers
  • Managing Relationships, Reputation & Identity
  • Experiencing the 6Cs Collaboration Model

Team Operations

  • Operating an effective Team
  • Organising a Team for success
  • Resolve conflict
  • Decision making under pressure
  • Time management
  • Managing change with agility
  • Maximising contribution of the whole Team
  • Managing new information effectively
  • Continuous performance improvement

Key Functionality
  • Defining and aligning Goals
  • Designing collaboration-friendly structures
  • Delegation and Role Assignment
  • Reacting to Production and Market Challenges
  • Managing Customer Expectations
  • Balancing individual and collective priorities
  • Spotting Silo-thinking and sub-optimization behaviour
  • The Art of Negotiation
  • Understanding Profit and Loss
  • Effective Communication under pressure

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Special Features

CONSORTIUM can be played on-suite or virtually and offers a fun (but serious) challenge in effective Collaboration.

The facilitator can intervene in the Simulation in real-time to create additional challenges.

The customer is part of the Simulation and can reject products and change requirements.

Comprehensive briefing materials and tools for effective Collaboration included.

I really enjoyed the session and loved how you used the breakout function of Zoom to allow folks to move around. Of course, the coffee aspect was not the main purpose but it added some fun because these days we all think of ourselves as coffee aficionados! It made it easier for the groups to focus on the activity without an additional overhead to try and understand the scenario.

James Rosenegk

Head of Organisational Excellence Operations, Gobeyond Partners

Want to know more about Consortium?

As well as a Consortium information pack we will send you a FREE Executive Summary of our Book:

Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition within Organizations

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