Business Simulations: Building the Necessary Tension to Learn

There are many ways to explain the impact of a business simulation for learning. Descriptions like hands on learning, engaging, interactive, real life, and immersive are often used, but “tension filled” – though it does not get mentioned much – is a key part of a business simulation’s value proposition to building capabilities.

Tension is defined as the act of straining or stretching: the condition of being strained or stretched. This illustrates one of the greatest benefits of a simulation: its ability to put learners in situations that stretch their ability and test their limits. Simulation is a learning tool that creates uncomfortable situations for learners to work through, building confidence and overcoming fear and hesitancy through practice in tense situations that seem very real but are actually risk free in order to drive experiential learning.

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