Virtual Leader (updated).

Author:Lowell, Richard

Virtual Leader (updated), Online Training, 2007, SimuLearn, $899.

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The strength of simulation is that the learner can experiment and practice without destroying equipment, jobs, or self-esteem; squandering money; or blighting careers. Imagine the consequences of a new operator stepping into the control room of a nuclear power plant and saying, "Let's see what this baby can do!" Or a new manager belittling his subordinates or not knowing what to say at a meeting?

Leadership training has been a staple for corporate training managers, consultants, and management gurus for decades. Central to most leadership training courses is roleplaying. But training, no matter how many or how complicated the number of roleplays included, does not match the actual events encountered during the course of a manager's day. Roleplay has less to do with learning than with how you perform in front of your peers. If it has value, it is only for the person in the "hot seat."

Virtual Leader by SimuLearn eliminates the contrivance, cumbersomeness, and stress of interactive roleplay and incorporates the best aspects of simulation into a highly professional, intuitive computer software simulation.

Simulation and simulators are used extensively in the military, aviation, nuclear power, and process industries such as oil and gas and petrochemical where the consequences of a training accident are life threatening. We don't often think of leadership as having life-threatening consequences, perhaps because we only see the surface and not the hard, volatile core.

Every leadership decision a manager makes affects employees' lives, from salary to health care, company economic survival, or the possibility of equipment or environmental disaster.

Virtual Leader is a five-week leadership simulation based on two core ideas: the principles of Three-to-One Leadership and the conviction that meetings are the principal setting for leadership interaction in business.

Three-to-One Leadership is derived from the works of key learning gurus, leadership think tanks, and philosophers. It is founded on the assumption that leaders use the principles of power, tension, and ideas to mobilize groups of people to work productively.

The exercise of power, whether formal or informal, needs the support of ideas. Ideas are the compass for change. Ideas are necessary for success, for determining strategy or tactics, and for achieving goals. Tension is the...

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