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Waterloo battleground can aid team-building


Battlefield pressures reveal strengths and weaknesses

As 2015 is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, fought just 18km from Brussels in the Wallonia region of Belgium, worldwide attention has been focussed on the battlefields that, through the centuries, have been landmarks in history.
One company, Corporate Battlefields, is a specialist in combining visits to these places of interest and using them to reinforce corporate team building.

‘We take management teams’, it says, ‘to battlefields to develop unique solutions to clients’ leadership needs and issues. All of our programmes are bespoke, held at a special place and formulated by us for each client.’

Their argument is that under pressure management and decision-making come under very close scrutiny, showing the strengths as well as the weaknesses. And there is no greater pressure than in a battle for survival.

They go on to say: ‘Battles are fast paced and unpredictable and decision makers invariably run out of that luxury called “time”. Through research we link vignettes from military history to the competences and or solutions required by the client management team. This triggers intrigue, emotion, worthwhile thinking and innovation on the very ground where ‘it’ happened.’

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