Engaging, interactive focus where teams have the opportunity to think innovatively about a real business.
Up to 4 teams of 3-6 people
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Teams begin by examining basic details and photographs of a sandwich shop in a tourist city. Teams have access to further data if they use their initiative. Although they will be issued with this extra data they can get it sooner rather than later by thinking creatively. It comes in the form of a (genuine) questionnaire completed by the current business owner.
Based on their findings, teams are asked to propose innovative and realistic changes to improve the business. They then work on a short presentation, listing the innovations they would like to see.
The team presentations are then evaluated. What issues do teams flag up as requiring change? There are lots of clues in the photographs and all the likely issues points are listed in the Trainer’s Notes.
This leads to a general discussion on innovation and change. A further set of photographs is then issued which shows what happened when actual changes were made to the business by the new owner.
The changes are interesting and DID work as turnover and profits are up!
Springboard to Performance Improvement
Once the Debrief on the sandwich shop is over attention can be focused on participants’ own situations. It’s very easy to criticize other people and to see where they can make changes. But can teams identify their own failings or places where change and innovation might help?
An Action Plan allows teams to look at their own environment, practices and procedures. The aim is to generate ideas that will improve performance back at work based on the approach they took to changing things in looking at the sandwich shop.
Full guidance is provided in the Trainer's Notes.