Using the Debrief to Engage System 2
Here at The Regis Company, we have found that simulations are ideal because of how they mimic real life and allow real-time decisions to be made—but without the real-life consequences. Drive the company into bankruptcy? No problem. Try again. Fuel mass angst among your subordinates with your take-no-prisoners style of leadership? No worries. Hit “reset.”
But no matter how complex, how flashy, how mind-boggling a simulation may be, one of the most powerful components is actually the debrief time that takes place during or afterward. When the dust settles and it comes time for participants to unpack what just happened—even in a simulated environment—a well-facilitated debrief is crucial to bringing about change, whether the goal is increasing strategic alignment or optimizing talent.