The Executive Warfare Centre for team and leadership development
The Executive Warfare Centre is a truly effective and unique team building and leadership development programme that delivers relevant and valuable military lessons to business teams.
It does this via fun, engaging and intelligent approaches (not physical duress or near death experiences). It’s certainly more brains than brawn, actually imparting real skills and insights to top teams!
Sample Client Testimonial from Coca Cola
They have used the programme successfully for senior management, corporate services, production and supply chain.
“We always get incredible feedback around this program and the special guests that are provided by Sabre. This is a great session which allows people to think outside the box and realise that leadership skills are transferable across not only functions but industries and professions. This meets the needs of our business and is a great cultural fit, and I think the program is becoming more sophisticated each time I see it.”
Typical Executive Warfare Centre Flow
PHASE 1 - THE FALSE AGENDA and ARRIVAL AT THE SELECTED VENUE
Delegates arrive at the meeting venue and believe that they are in for the usual conference format of presentations and “death by power-point”. A false agenda, deviously crafted by the organisers to feature horribly boring content, has been distributed pre event.
PHASE 2 – SURPRISE COMMANDO RECRUITING RAID
Senior managers and / or VIP’s meet the Sabre team in secret to be dressed head to toe in military General’s garb before the Sabre team bursts into the room to deliver an hilarious surprise interruption to the false agenda.
A short tailored presentation on the rationale behind the military theme as it relates to the team and their business is now delivered. It outlines the major similarities between the military and their business, and how the following sessions will help to enhance individual and team execution.
PHASE 3 – TEAM DNA PRESENTATION
The troops are now seated and receive an insightful and pragmatic presentation on the selected Team Role model and the profiles they will have completed pre event. Once the profiles are handed out they are carefully linked to real world “Team DNA” as it impacts them, indicating individual and collective strengths, allowable weaknesses and operating methods. This information, and the insights arising from it are then carefully linked to real world outcomes via team role audits and team strategy sessions later within the overall programme.
PHASE 4 – THE TEAM STRIKE FORCE ACTIVITY
Strike Force is a highly engaging and safe challenge that requires each team to first undertake solo team challenges, which progressively turn into a mass united assault on an enemy target.
Intelligently crafted team building style challenge tasks come first (not the usual string and bucket games) with teams being able to bring to life the theory from the morning session in a hands-on and recognisable way. These tasks can be de-briefed and reviewed to the appropriate level before teams realise that more cross team collaboration is required for the final challenge. A united alliance of all teams will be formed for the final spectacular assault with cross-functional sub units deploying snipers, mine clearers, engineers and field artillery pieces to get the job done in the final exciting and unforgettable conclusion.
R&R (REST AND RECREATION) FOR DINNER AT THE MESS
Teams remain in uniform and turn up to the Officer’s Mess (decorated function room) for some well earned R&R MASH 4077th style with food, drink, camaraderie and perhaps even some fun military mess games.
PHASE 1 – MORNING REVELLIE ACTIVITY
At a nice sensible time, and after breakfast (or you can be cruel and go for a military style early start if you wish?) teams turn out for a nice hangover busting morning team challenge of short duration.
PHASE 2 – BATTLESPACE KEYNOTE ADDRESS
One of Sabre’s former military team members delivers a presentation that pragmatically links the previous days content and selected lessons learned from the military to the team and the business. Our speakers have both credible military and high end commercial experiences to underpin their delivery.
PHASE 3 – THE “BATTLESPACE” BUSINESS SIMULATION GAME
Teams must carefully the apply lessons learned from all previous sessions, and the preceding keynote to this hands-on indoor military strategy game. Achieving your mission objectives in the most profitable manner is the aim.
Different sub units must communicate and collaborate cross functionally to allocate sparse resources to a series of major operational phases to conquer enemy territory and achieve maximum results with minimal cost and casualties.
PHASE 4 – YOUR OWN MISSION PLANNING / WAR ROOM SESSIONS
This final session is directly aimed at having your teams take the insights, tools and lessons learned from the entire Executive Warfare Centre experience and then matching them to real world issues, challenges and ongoing commitments and approaches for improving individual and team execution.
This can be driven by carefully designed templates that have been developed pre event to focus upon specific issues, and by facilitators and key company personnel working closely with teams to arrive at lasting outcomes from the experience that will transfer into the real world.
FINAL WRAP UP AND CONCLUSION
The programme is brought to a close and the troops dismissed to carry on their own campaigns equipped with a new arsenal of tools, insights and approaches.