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Business Acumen Training

Business Acumen Training

Business Acumen Training using Zodiak: The Game of Business Finance and Strategy

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Coll & Co have partnered with Paradigm Learning, to offer their flagship program, 'Zodiak: The Game of Business Finance and Strategy' to our clients. Utilising an engaging board game during a 1-day session, employees are put in charge of a €40 million business. During a 'simulated' three years of play, participants learn how business decisions impact the bottom line and learn the basics of finance and strategy. Business acumen helps everyone understand that it's not enough to ask, "How do we cut costs?" or to say, "We need to increase sales".  Digging deeper, employees with higher levels of business acumen will ask questions that take into consideration the far-reaching impact of potential decisions and demonstrate a greater ability to make the connections between performance and results. Questions such as:

  • Have production costs gone up? If so, why?
  • Have we changed prices? If so, how has that affected our margins?
  • Are there any competitive issues impacting our performance?
  • Have there been any customer requirement changes?
  • If our costs per unit produced have gone up, can we better control the efficiency of our production line or our service delivery?

Consider the salesperson who discounts products, or the service representative who deals with an unhappy customer, or the maintenance person who notices a problem. The actions each of them takes might erode profit margin, lose a good customer or allow safety issues to escalate. Without an understanding of how their actions impact the company's results. They might not have the context to consider alternatives.

Business Acumen Training

In today's tough environment, business acumen and financial literacy of your managers and employees are essential to your company's success. Organisations that invest in business acumen training have a competitive edge because their people understand strategic objectives and how their day-to-day actions contribute to the bottom line. Utilising an engaging board game, employees are put in charge of a $40 million business. During a 'simulated' three years of play, participants learn how business decisions impact the bottom line and learn the basics of finance and strategy.

The program targets everyone from the Executive office to the shop floor and can be customized to your needs. Zodiak is based on discovery learning methodology and is designed to educate through a fun and hands-on experience. Zodiak is used successfully by over half the Fortune 500 Companies to teach their employees about business acumen and some client testimonials are as follows:

Zodiak has generated some of the best discussions I have facilitated at Boeing. Everyone wants to see Boeing be successful and make an individual contribution to that success.
If I had to choose a training tool to use with our employees, it would be Zodiak. It's one of the best sources I know for helping employees understand the big picture: the why of business decision making. It is also a great team-building program that gives everyone a common base of knowledge and a common vocabulary.
Our sales force needed to become familiar with finance and its related terminology; to understand ROI, just-in-time inventory, cash flow and more; and to see how their day-to-day decisions affected company profitability. Zodiak gave our sales professionals an enhanced appreciation of their customers' business issues and how to position our products in relation to their needs.

Further details about all our training games and simulation are available from Rory at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or on the company website