Working in close collaboration, InContext and GSK developed a tailor-made program, the company simulation called LifeSaver. The aim of LifeSaver is to forge the vaccine development teams into a unit operating within the larger GSK organization. Setting up this process raised important questions:
- How do the formal communication lines relate to informal contacts / decision making?
- How do you align the personal goals of team members and the team goals with organizational goals?
- How do you promote an enterprise-oriented mindset?
- How do you find a balance between personal leadership and the willingness to carry out tasks?
InContext developed a company simulation that is precisely tailored to the specific dilemmas that play a role in vaccine development within GSK.
The game is played by 30 participants who compete against each other in two groups. It is important that the participants do not take on their usual GSK roles. This places them in an unknown situation that has new requirements, while at the same time they can observe their actual place in the organization from a different perspective. This broadens their frame of reference.
During the simulation, participants can see the effect of their own behavior straight away. This is reinforced by the fact that the game concentrates the 10 year process of vaccine development into 2 days.