Business Breakfast - Wargames strategy Oct 3 2019 07:00 - 09:00


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Have you ever wanted to simulate what might happen if your business made a strategic move such as introducing a new product, entering a new market or acquiring a competitor?  Business wargaming is a no-risk, insightful way to test what might happen if you did.
Wargaming has been utilised in the military for decades and is a proven technique for considering strategic initiatives and the likely reactions of rivals. Wargaming is about pressure testing business plans to make sure they contribute to the bottom line.

Business and large organisations need to be sure their plans maximise opportunities and efficiencies. Wargaming brings a controlled challenge to business strategies and plans to expose weakpoints, increase foresight and identify risk.

So, why should you consider making business wargaming a part of your company’s strategic decision making? Traditional commercial planning considers market conditions, stakeholder behaviour and other factors in depth. However, it tends to only address the situation at the time of planning. Such a static approach fails to adequately take likely future dynamics into account. Business Wargaming deals with this; it allows you to simulate how conditions will develop over time as well as assessing stakeholder’s reactions to your moves. It looks at stakeholder interdependencies and predicts likely outcomes.
Our speaker
Chris Paton, managing director, Quirk Solutions
A former Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines, with a wealth of operational experience, Chris’ military career included advising on Afghan Strategy and plans to the Cabinet Office and National Security Council, and he was responsible for the design of the drawdown of the UK presence in Afghanistan. He saw active service in a wide range of places including Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Georgia and Afghanistan.
In 2010, Chris co-authored a Harvard Business Review article on planning in fluid situations. This then led to him leaving the military to create Quirk Solutions Ltd. Chris has worked with BUPA, Heineken, Standard Life Investments, Shell and a wide range of SME businesses. He uses his leadership, strategy and planning experience to give organisations increased coherency, direction and efficiency. Chris is also one of the UK’s premier exponents.


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