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STEP UP!™ game

A simulation that feels all too real!

Learning the ORCHANGO Method™

for nimble change leadership

Strategize. Influence. Win.

Compete to come out on top by tackling widespread resistance and internal politics.

STEP UP!™ is a facilitated learning board game (“serious game”) for organizations faced with fast-paced change and digital disruption.

The game challenges competing teams to take on a tricky change & innovation situation. The objective is to drive a successful campaign for change within the U.K. division of Korbus Global – an international B2B company. There are plenty of obstacles, internal politics and twists that simulate the real world. How will the players pull it off?

The characters and dynamics in STEP UP!™ are based on a real-life workplace scenario. Players learn how to apply the ORCHANGO Method™ to build and sustain momentum for change while drawing parallels with their own real-world challenges.

The result is a learning experience that threads nimble change leadership into the players’ “DNA” and the organization’s culture.

The 1-day version of the STEP UP!™ game covers the foundational elements of the ORCHANGO Method™:

  1. The ORCHANGO Metaphors & Guiding Principles™;
  2. The Change Stethoscope™ to monitor commitment-resistance on the fly;
  3. The STEP UP!™ Game Plan, Tools and Techniques – including the Ladder of Commitment-Resistance™ to work with (and through) the politics of change.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of what it really takes to successfully execute change in today’s fast-and-furious business environment.
  • Adopt critical mindsets and guiding principles to be nimbler as a change leader or professional in the age of digital disruption.
  • Boost your effectiveness as a transformational leader or change professional by adding highly practical, nimble and unique tools to your existing change management toolbox.
  • Multiply your ability to work with and through the politics of change.
  • Invest your limited time, energy and influence more strategically to drive change, maximize your organizational impact and propel your career.
For audiences of all sizes.
Available in English or French.

In the words of client executives

This learning game has made a tremendous contribution to building our organization’s change capabilities. In team sports (for example soccer) it is hard to learn how to play if you never watched a game before.

The same is true in change management. With STEP UP!™, the participants had a great opportunity to simultaneously watch and play the [nimble] ‘change management game’. This built a strong foundation for the rest of our action-learning journey as an organization.

STEP UP!™ vividly presented the reality of being in the fog during the early phases of a change project. This was a key message which otherwise would have been very difficult to teach and learn. Furthermore, the game equipped the learners with effective strategies, methods and tools to clear the fog and build momentum towards change.

With its story-line and characters, STEP UP!™ brought to life the tools especially the Ladder of Commitment-Resistance and its six rungs. The game immersed the participants in a simulation that felt all too real: they could immediately think of real people who personify the various rungs of the Ladder; they could relate to the events and challenges.

Also, the characters provided us with neutral labels for people’s attitudes towards change. For example, a leader can now capture someone’s lack of commitment by saying: ‘We have a Nick Duran here’. The people working on the change will know exactly what that leader means – and, more importantly, what to do about it.

Thanks to the common language and the tools we acquired through the STEP UP!™ game, we work better together and drive change more effectively throughout the organization.

— Senior executive responsible for strategy & change at a mid-size client organization

When I first participated in the STEP UP!™ game at a Board of Directors retreat, I knew this would be something that the leadership team of my company could benefit from.

I had explained to [my second-in command] while he was working with you to set this up, that the game would set the table and open everyone’s mind to the idea of “nimble change management”. It’s something that is not on their radar.

The game is so effective as a starting point because people’s minds are open. It’s a theoretical company and there is no reason to get defensive or prickly about questions around the existing situation and change.

It was very effective, as expected. You have a very disarming way of communicating while getting a very powerful message across. It’s excellent! I look forward to us really diving into our change problem.

— Founding CEO of a company in the technology & tourism industry

Learn more about our STEP UP!™ game

  • The genesis of the game;
  • The learning and culture-change objectives that drove its design;
  • How the game is played;
  • What the participants learn through the experience;
  • How STEP UP! benefits client organizations.
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