Mission Possible

Mission Possible is a unique and powerful simulation that dramatically brings to life the core principles of leadership and followership in a powerful, engaging environment.

The best leadership program I have experienced for those immersed in large change initiatives.
Hank Oen, Senior Project Manager, APS.

In this simulated setting, participants experience the frustration of first working hard and falling short of desired outcomes, and then regrouping and finding a way to succeed both individually and collectively in the end. The second half of the simulation is more challenging than the first and the teams learn to achieve better outcomes with half the people in concluding their exciting mission.

Participants become members of an elite group of highly trained agents employed by a private Emergency Response company called S.W.A.T. Inc. An unknown group of ‘bad guys’ have taken over the largest nuclear power facility in the world and are threatening to ‘execute their plan’ within 90 minutes if the government does not comply with their demands. S.W.A.T. Inc. is hired to send its team into the facility to find and disarm the threat. Minutes and seconds tick off the clock as the mission unfolds and comes to a startling and exciting end.

The Alpha mission does not go as planned. The larger team and each individual are less successful than they wanted to be and resiliency is required to recover, learn quickly and move on. During the debriefing of the ‘Alpha Mission,’ the team’s performance measures are reviewed; Mission Objectives, Cost, Quality, Time and Safety are all measured. Participants identify and assess the individual and team obstacles to high performance they encountered during the experience. Leadership, Followership and Communication are quickly identified as areas for improvement within the larger team, the smaller units and at the individual ‘agent’ level. Participants gain valuable feedback from each other and from the facilitator. They are then introduced to a few key principles and practices around the importance of individual accountability, collaboration, learning from failure and increasing and clarifying communication, along with managerial best practices in leading transformation and change.

Large teams are then sub-divided into smaller competing organizations, each having to apply their new lessons to an even tougher mission with half the resources to achieve it. They put their lessons about individuals and teams into practice immediately in the Beta round. Teams prepare and present their business case for individual and team transformation and in the ‘Beta Mission’ they have the opportunity to implement their personal and leadership plan. Individual performance improves and teams experience great improvements over the first mission and a winning team is announced. Then participants dive into a final debrief, which culminates in their identifying and planning the application of their learning to their real-life work.

Learning Program Focus:

  • Individual and team leadership
  • Individual and team accountability
  • Importance of clarity
  • Importance of communication
  • Learning from and leveraging failure
  • Innovation and creative thinking
  • Team effectiveness, both leadership and followership

Duration of the Program:

1.5 to 2-days. The afternoon of the second day is often integrated into a workshop within a broader multi-day client program.

Participant Numbers:

The recommended minimum per team is 16. The recommended maximum is 30. The program can accommodate multiple teams of 30.