Every manager knows that his department’s performance depends on how efficiently he handles his personnel. Efficiency is influenced by how well the work is organized, motivation to get the job done, managerial communication, supervision, feedback, and more.

But not everyone knows the precise makeup of these components and how exactly they fit into the “management puzzle”. The Management Puzzle game was developed to enable managers to test and see exactly which of these components affect the overall result and how they do it – without any actual loss in performance by their department due to poor decisions, diminished employee motivation or employee terminations!

This business simulation game provides a high level of player involvement and creates an emotionally charged atmosphere, so the conclusions drawn by the players are remembered for a long time.



In this simulation, participants manage the operations of a functional team, organizing and allocating tasks amongst team members, aiming to optimize work effectiveness and efficiency.

They learn how to apply the four core management functions needed to excel as managers:

Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling. They also master the Situational Leadership Concept; How to flex their leadership style depending on the employee and task in hand.

Moreover, they learn key skills needed to succeed as people managers:

  • Organizing work and allocating tasks among team members
  • Developing Competence, commitment and confidence
  • Succession and development planning
  • Linking motivation to performance
  • Skill development and training
  • Social and learning styles.

Management Puzzle simulates the operation of a functional department in a company, including a manager, three employees and a set of identified tasks that should be executed. Those tasks cover a variety of jobs, like managing customers, organizing events and preparing documentation and accordingly require variating competencies.

Participants compete in teams of 3-5 members each. Each team works on a separate board simulating the work of a different department for a span of 15 weeks. Every week, they should allocate tasks amongst the available team members based on their current competencies and commitment. The quality of their decisions is depicted by a monetary return reflecting the impact on the departmental performance.

The winner is the team that achieves the best departmental performance (highest monetary value) through effective and efficient task allocation of their staff and ultimate utilization of their manager’s limited time.


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