Future Thinking: A Simulation for Visioning, Planning and Decision Making

  • December 06, 2013
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • UMass Donahue Institute, 333 South Street, Shrewsbury MA


  • A current Central Mass ASTD Member

In a recent post-recession global survey, CEOs stated that more than 89% of organizations are undergoing major changes, and that those changes are more complex than we have ever witnessed. To compete and win in this economy, companies must be more nimble, decisive, and adaptable than they may realize. How can organizations and their employees adjust to this “new normal”? Stepping outside the status quo and exploring “future thinking” is the first step toward shifting mindsets.

Join us to experience the “Future Game,” a learning simulation set in the Australian Outback that guides participants through a series of critical decisions impacting the future. Teams will produce one of five possible futures that reward collaboration and innovation while highlighting the dangers of status quo thinking. Time will be included for participants to relate their Outback experience to the business challenges they face at work, with the goal of developing an agile mindset to navigate rapid change.

Additional “take-aways” include:

  • Demonstrating how careful planning assists organizations in achieving the future they aspire to create
  • Identifying the “triple bottom line” of social, environmental and economic factors impacting organizations
  • Building awareness of the key elements and drivers of decision-making that contribute to a solid strategic plan or future vision for organizations
  • Exploring the power of team collaboration to create and plan for future investment and operational decisions
Presenter: Deb Bercume, PCC, Executive Coach and Leadership FacilitatorBercume Associates, Inc.

Deb Bercume, President of Bercume Associates and Co-Founder of Accelerate Results Now brings over 25 years of experience working with professionals to achieve personal and professional fulfillment. She specializes in Leadership Development spending her time working with leaders through executive coaching or group facilitation focused on individual & team growth; as well as, moving the organization forward.

She is an instructor for Institute for Professional Excellence In Coaching Program (iPEC) and received the 2012-2013 Business Coach of the Year awarded by the International Coach Federation of New England (ICF-NE Chapter).

Deb earned her MS Degree in Training and Development from Lesley University, her BS in Business Administration from North Adams State College, and a Certificate in Human Resources Management from Bentley College. She is Past-President of the Central Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). She holds a coach certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence In Coaching Program (iPEC); as well as, earned the International Coach Federation’s Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialing. She has a number of assessment and simulation certifications including the Future Games: A Simulation for Visioning, Planning, and Decision-Making thru Adaptive Human Capital Network and Energy Leadership focused on business and leadership success.

Presenter: Karen Stacey, ELI-MP
Executive Coach and Leadership Facilitator
Kreative Learning Solutions

Karen Stacey is the President and Creative Learning Officer of Kreative Learning Solutions. She brings over 30 years of experience in management, training and course development, coaching and organizational development consulting. Karen’s experience over the past 20 years has been in designing, developing, and facilitating training to organizations in management and leadership development, team building, performance management, change management, customer service, presentation skills, personal skills development, and training the trainer.

As a professional trainer, executive coach, and consultant, Karen has facilitated workshops and planning sessions and coached leaders in a variety of industries including insurance, financial services, travel, telecommunications, retail, healthcare, and government agencies. Her participants include entry-level staff to senior-level management.

Karen founded Kreative Learning Solutions in August 2000. In addition to developing and delivering customized training for KLS’ clients, Karen sustains consulting and affiliate partnerships and certifications with several training and organizational development providers and professional organizations. These partnerships provides KLS’ customers a wide range of training programs, experiential training activities, resources and services, and assessment tools, such as the Future Games: A Simulation for Visioning, Planning, and Decision-Making, Everything DiSC® Assessments, Energy Leadership and 360 Feedback Assessments. Kreative Learning Solutions is also affiliated with a network of experienced professionals who collaborate to meet our customers’ organizational and employee development needs.

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