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'Communication is the Key!' is a very good team exercise that highlights all the problems we have communicating with each other. Used as part of the Communication Session on a Managers’ Skills Course with junior managers. The best learning points were: do not assume anything, life is not a competition, need to share more.
P. Stubbs, AECOM
As a general comment, Northgate activities are quality materials with good Facilitator Guides. On 'Storm the Castle!' - it's a fun activity and illustrates lots of points: the importance of planning at the start, attention to detail, group decision-making, organising the team and good team dynamics. Using the Team Review Handout lets participants lead the review.
S-A. Bennett, Scottish Prison Service College
We used 'AirLift!' at our Leadership Event and the groups thoroughly enjoyed the activity. We're excited to use it going forward!
Kat Sandell, Virgin Australia
Very useful game. 'The Bridge' brings out all the essential phases of teams: forming, storming, norming and performing. Used a lot with our project groups, new teams and junior management.
Perry Timms, Head of OD, Big Lottery Fund
Northgate's games are easy to use and they offer a wide range of titles.
D. Page, Warner Bros
'The Gym' is a great business simulation - one of the best, real-world simulations I have ever used. It uses everyday business issues and has a huge emphasis on decision-making with multiple variables. The discussion around management, marketing and customer service is all very insightful. There is a need to work together and develop team cohesion and it sponsors great leadership and organization. Being able to see the financial impact of their decisions (from the computer printout) is very engaging for everyone.
Training Consultant, InRoads Inc USA
I enjoy using Northgate Activities to add interest and energy to sessions, and provide a chance to put new found skills into practice.
Michelle O’Donnell, Bolton at Home
We find Northgate Activities to be well designed and the instructions to be very comprehensive. They make it easy for the tutor to use 'out of the box'.
L. Gritton, Magnet Group
'Decisions! Decisions!' is a practical and very exciting exercise with immediate feedback about decisions made. The set-up of using a computer (one only), with log-in codes, comes across as new and refreshing to the participants. The best learning points are the thinking about the consequences of your decisions and that you need to anticipate.
V. de Bruijn, L&D Manager Europe , Hilton
Northgate products have opened a new world of learning for us to develop our teams by taking them out of their day to day roles, and allowing them to experience learning in a fun and interactive environment. The materials are easy to use and very detailed which means you can concentrate of the learning experience of the trainees.
A. Varga, Edwardian Group London
Brilliant activity! I have used 'RollaBall!' a number of times and it always gets the message across – teamwork is vital to achieve the best results. I recommend it to anyone having difficulties with their team.
Fiona Flemington, Weightmans Solicitors
I used 'Houston, we have a problem…' on the launch of Network Rail's Senior Leader Programme. It was stimulating, fun, entertaining, demanding, challenging, engaging and they succeeded in delivering an excellent product. The participants really enjoyed it and the review was simply amazing. So thank you very much for your tremendous help and support in coaching me through the process and reassuring me that it was the perfect exercise for these senior leaders. Well you were right again, so a big thank you.
E. Felix, Eversley Felix Consulting Ltd
We have found Northgate Activities to be well designed and the instructions are very comprehensive which makes it easy for the tutor to use "out of the box".
B. Illsley and H. Goodchild, Magnet Group
Fun and informative! 'Storm the Castle' highlights the need to work as a team, to have effective communication and to plan and organise. Really gets minds and fingers working. Well paced, well thought out.
K. Gale, First Great Western
Northgate have always been really helpful and offer advice on the best activity to use to achieve the learning outcomes. The activities are fun and groups enjoy them.
M. Stephenson, Motivation in Motion
Fast, fun and a real energiser! We used 'Going for Gold!' as an icebreaker/teamwork exercise with our International Sales Team. Both the systematic and the more sporadic teams completed the activity. We received great feedback about the enjoyment factor!
Stephanie Barnett, Twinings
Great simulation. 'Make a Million!' is good for both teamworking and commercial awareness.
S. Halstead, Ask Europe
Great advice from Northgate.
J. Campbell, The National Gallery
I have used 'The Sandwich Shop' business simulation on a recent course designed by Network Rail called Finance for Non-Finance Managers. It was used to form the afternoon session, after having looked at basic financial principles and in order to bring the learning in to a more real situation. It worked extremely well and the learners were very engaged throughout as they found it very different to the 'normal' kind of exercises they do on courses.
E. Adams (nee Chaytor), Management Development Specialist PD&T, Network Rail
Thanks to Mike and all the team at Northgate Training for pulling out all the stops. I have experienced exceptional customer support and service from you guys.
David Rist, Head of Development & Training, Hidden Hearing
Fun, interactive, thought-provoking - I used 'The Appraisal Game' in teamwork, training & building with Contact Centre Team Managers. One Team Manager began to realise that her style was quite aggressive and it allowed others to say so in a non-confrontational way. We are now using this activity with all of our CL Advisors on their 'Have Your Say Day'.
Patsy McGill, People Development, National Express
I've used 'InBox', 'Hotel' and 'Decisions! Decisions!' and all three are very much worth the investment. They bring out fantastic learning objectives, are easy to facilitate and the supporting materials are great; what's most important is they work!
Sam Holland, Head of L&D, Talarius Ltd
I use 'Eldorado!' time and time again! A fun exercise which provides serious learning.
L. Wilson, Exxonmobil
The exercise proved to be an excellent learning platform and one of the highlights of the course. We used 'AirLift!' on a leadership course with 32 participants aged 24-40. The exercise brought out very clearly the need for teamwork in setting objectives and controlling the work of a group. The greatest learning points were that any team needs to spend time planning a structured approach to a task and ensuring that everyone is totally clear on what has to be achieved.
E. Davidge, RAF
'Storm the Castle!' is really interactive and highlights the need for good teamwork, good strategy and the effective allocation of tasks. Northgate activities are very good, very informative and do what they say they do!
C. Osborne, Kuehne & Nagel
We used 'AirLift!' as an exercise during a teambuilding course with engineers of mixed age and experience. The best learning points were to listen to the contribution of others; plan and assign roles.
Malcolm Archer, BAE Systems
'Stonehenge Plus!' was fantastic! With 20 delegates, in four teams of five, it worked really well.
D. Harvie, Hagemeyer UK
Used as part of a 'Performance MOT' course with junior/middle managers, 'Leadership Challenge' highlighted the role of a leader in a complex task. The activity was different, challenging and fun.
Maureen Tallis, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd
We used 'Antarctic Challenge' on an 'Introduction to Project Management Course' as a case study over three days with individuals with a mixed group of job roles and levels from Corporate Offices. We appreciate the level of detail and research behind the game. The best learning points included: do not assume anything, plan carefully, promote and market your project to gain buy-in. We love running this exercise because, as Trainers, as it’s the sort of expedition we’d love to do!
Sonja McCoy, Method & Training Team, John Lewis
The group was totally engrossed right from the start of 'Deadline 30 Minutes!'. We have quite a number of Northgate Activities - they work really well not only from the students' point of view but from mine as facilitator.
J. Shilcott, Plymouth City Council - Tamar EBP
A great success! What can I say - you came up trumps again! Thanks Northgate.
K. Duthie, Clare Fletcher Training Ltd
We ran 'Going for Profit!' at a conference and it went down a storm! We had extremely positive feedback from everyone involved and we're now planning to run it with other departments so many thanks indeed - a great product!
C. Guest, Lloyds Banking Group
A pleasure to use for both Trainer and delegates! I used 'The Wine Bar Game' on a course to increase commercial awareness and general management and teamwork with middle managers. The best learning points were that motivation increases with profit, and that you should treat staff well! It is a great activity and really keeps everyone interested and learning. The tricky part is getting them to agree to stop after Round 8! Well presented and thought-out.
Julia Wood, Key Assets Ltd
'TeamBuild!' was lots of fun and we were able to assess skills and behaviour very well.
Sam Plant, Hitachi Rail Europe
At such a reasonable cost 'Going for Profit!' is one of the most effective, value-for-money training tools I have come across. I was immediately attracted by the simplicity of the rules and ease of actually running the exercise. It sounded like fun and people do learn more when they enjoy something. As a trainer, it gave me problems – the range and amount of learning points! I wish I had those problems with every training activity.
J. Roberts, Black & Decker
Northgate Activities: excellent on every single detail.
A. Talal, Tamar Group Saudi Arabia
'Decisions! Decisions!' is a fantastic training tool. I use it as an activity on my Management training courses and I have got some great results from it. Delegates really get a lot from the experience.
Andrew Pipes, Volkswagen Group UK Ltd
'RollaBall!' really helps give so many of our first time managers food for thought on teamwork and project management.
P. Timms, Dept of Constitutional Affairs
As always with Northgate, this is an excellent development activity. These 'Managing Conflict Cards' are useful discussion aids and thought-provoking.
C. Jeffreys-Hoar, Ricoh UK
Everything I have ever bought has added real value to any training event - thanks Northgate!
J. Wood, Key Assets
I use Northgate Training Games because they’re well written and provide the perfect vehicle for putting theory into practice. Also, our staff hate role plays! These games aren’t – and they love them.
Keith Watkins, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
It is simply brilliant. I use 'Make a Million' with a wide variety of clients (senior management teams). It encourages delegates to focus on good planning, communication, team working, problem-solving and managing complex activities. It stretches delegates in a dynamic and exciting simulation. Thanks for all your support Northgate and keep on developing the great games.
Barry Goodall, MD, Dark Blue Training & Development
Short, sharp, not as easy as it looks - a great leveller! We used 'Deadline 30 Minutes!' as an icebreaker at the start of a Personnel Development Planning Session with managers in all areas of the business in mixed groups. The best learning points were: not giving up; time management; sharing job roles and responsibilities; planning; breaking a large job into small pieces; motivation.
Edward Gallier, Training & Development Manager (UK), Jurys Doyle Hotel Group
'Mission Improbable' is one of the best training activities I've EVER used! Fun, challenging and rich for team coaching.
Peter Collins, Head of Training, 24Seven Group
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C. Cromer, C2Options
I recently used 'The Assertiveness Game' with great results - it really got the group talking and was an excellent way of wrapping up a one day event.
Jane Crossman, VolkerWesselsUK
Highly recommend this game. I used 'The Wine Bar Game' with 300 managers – used on the first day of a week-long residential course, run over three months. Diversity was brilliant, teams who were on track making the wrong decision and coming last! Great fun, very interactive, good group training for people who hadn’t worked together before. It ticked all the boxes and got a week’s residential off to a good start.
Carol Morgan, Southern Water
An excellent activity for our client group of law firm partners. After a day of leadership theory, the 'Leadership Challenge' game brought home the crucial points and added energy and fun to our awayday.
Rachel Stone, Smith & Williamson LLP
We used 'Storm the Castle!' at the start of a three-day course where participants didn’t know each other. We started at 4pm and it ran for two hours and when battle commenced it was mayhem! Many useful learning points emerged about group dynamics and the characteristics of effective teams – not least in bonding and celebrating success. Afterwards the trebuchets were taken to the bar and were the centre of discussions for the whole evening.
J. Lane, Independent Consultant
We use 'Antarctic Challenge' to allow course members to experience real issues of strategic planning in some depth, with little prior knowledge of the 'environment'. For the Trainer, the format is flexible and the powerful image of Antarctica creates a memorable connection to the learning.
I. Sasse, E.ON UK
Dynamic and easy to run. We used 'What Makes a Manager?' at a conference for 150 motor dealer business managers and we were able to collate the views of a high number of managers to bring out both people and practical skills required by a modern manager.
Mike Wilding, BMW Financial Services GB
Northgate Games always add a dimension to enhance the learning experience.
P. Mistretta, Center Parcs
'Project Planning' always gets a good review. It's an excellent, interactive component on the project management course for junior/ middle managers who are new to projects. The best learning point is juggling a range of variables (schedule, budget, resources) simultaneously – key to project management.
A. Myers, Ashorne Hill Management College
We have used 'Eldorado!' in small and large groups at senior and junior level. The learning about the need to work together to achieve a common goal has been fantastic - and we’ve raised loads of money for our Asda Foundation charity!
V. Heyday, ASDA
Brilliant - Northgate is my favourite provider of learning activities.
Anne Grove, Cmed Ltd
We enjoyed the experience immensely and we've received many requests to run 'Going for Profit!' again!
J. Lloyd, Eagle Star
'Meetings Meetings' is a useful and enjoyable exercise, allowing trainees to practise communication, assertiveness and leadership skills but also emphasising the importance of planned, structured and co-ordinated meetings.
K. Bertin, Harrods
We regularly use 'Mission Improbable' to test competencies and highlight development needs.
D. Callow-Evans, Ministry of Defence
A great exercise. Used as a fun team exercise for a large team of 42 who do not know each other very well, 'Murder at Tudor Grange (Sleuth!)' was a big success. The best learning points included trust, honesty, working together, communication, creativity (some of the shields were fab!), sharing resources and info. Great for large teams – it makes them communicate and consider trust - and brings out lots of real life issues which the group can see are relevant to the workplace.
Sue Martin, Westland Helicopters
Everything produced by Northgate is well designed, of the highest quality and promotes a great deal of learning.
J. E. Rowland, Royal Devonport Dockyard (Babcock Intl Group)
I use 'Going for Profit!' on team builds with store managers and HR managers. The best learning points are that to succeed in retail, you need commercial skills but it is critical to work together. Fun, competitive, flexible as you can adjust the game to suit the timeframe.
Morag Morrice, Somerfield
Northgate activities have received excellent feedback and from a facilitator’s point of view are very intuitive and easy to use. Professional and friendly service.
A. Smith, Centrica
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