Leadership development is very important for Capgemini's HR strategy. Future leaders have to be both inspiring and competitive. To stimulate such properties, innovative training methods are necessary, giving trainees lasting and meaningful new insights into their behaviour and daily work. The trainees are often highly qualified and experienced. They have attended many trainings and sometimes feel a certain training fatigue.
This is why Ranj, together with Capgemini, has developed an alternate reality game, which seamlessly blends into a newly developed training program. This results in an intensive and highly effective training.
Leadership can be learned
For ‘Gaining Leadership’ by Capgemini, the principles of serious games have been applied to management development. The goal is to teach trainees to think and act independently. The leading question is: why would someone be led by you?
The real world is the stage for this game. Players work in teams for a fictional Capgemini-like company, acquiring an innovative and complex project. The Slowessa gas pipeline runs from Slovakia to Ukraine and is triggering a lot of attention in the media. Players have to take on missions and are kept up to date through the web, video, phone, text messages and more. They communicate with characters in the game, that are played by puppet masters who are active behind the screens. During the week-long course of the game, the story continues 24 hours a day.
The game is set at various locations around the world from where trainees co-operate, such as France, England, India and the USA. This is useful in learning how to manage teams from a large distance.
Read more about our vision on games for organisational change in our white paper: Improving_Management_Development_Programs_with_Serious_Games.pdf