Robert Brodo

Robert Brodo is co-founder of Advantexe. He has more than 20 years of training and business simulation experience.
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Simulation-centric Business Acumen Behaviors in a Pandemic

By Robert Brodo | Jul 29, 2020 8:05:20 AM

July was another extremely busy month in the world of virtual business simulation capability development. Our team had the opportunity to work with hundreds of leaders from around the world delivering customized, virtual learning experiences developing leadership capabilities in the area of Business Acumen.

As our technology and reporting capabilities have advanced, and as we have become more focused on the data analytics that Business Acumen skill development engagements can produce, it is my pleasure to share some interesting trends that can be used to understand and explain some of the behaviors you may be seeing in your organization, within your peers, or within your direct reports.

Here are three unique trends that we have observed and assessed coming out of our post-simulation data analytics:

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Is the Concept of “Good is the Enemy of Great” Valid in a Pandemic?

By Robert Brodo | Jul 24, 2020 8:00:07 AM

There are several business books that I have read in my career that have had a profound impact on the way that I think and lead one of the most impactful talent development firms in the world. The first is called “The Discipline of Market Leaders,” by Tracey and Wiersema and the other is “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t,” by James C. Collins. One of the notable takeaways from the book is the quote and now inspirational theme that “Good is the Enemy of Great.” The concept is that too many people and too many organizations “settle” and take short cuts accepting that “good” is good enough and that they don’t need to do the really hard work to be great. Being just good is the enemy of being great.

Leaders use this quote and the other great concepts from the book to inspire, motivate, and lead. And for many it works, and their people and companies are better for it.

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4 Things We’ve Learned in 4 Months of Virtual Learning

By Robert Brodo | Jul 21, 2020 7:43:46 AM

This week is the 4-month mark since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everything we knew about business, learning, and life. For many, the impact has been devastating including the loss of over 600,000 lives globally. For others, the impact has accelerated a change in entire ecosystems. The talent assessment and capabilities development ecosystem has been changed forever and one of the most impactful changes has been the acceleration to 100% virtual deployment.

During these last four months I have been proud to lead a team of professionals that has been on the leading edge of utilizing new technologies and tools to assess and develop the skills of employees in large organizations across many industries around the world. The results have surpassed what many of us ever thought were possible. To mark this occasion, we have reflected back on the 4 things we’ve learned in the first 4 months of virtual learning

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Embracing Disruption...I mean Acceleration... with Business Acumen Skills

By Robert Brodo | Jul 16, 2020 8:32:01 AM

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to spike and the reality that this situation is going to last for at least another year until there is a viable vaccine or an impactful medical treatment, business professionals are now moving on from just embracing the disruption to aggressively embracing the acceleration of a new world. Having enhanced Business Acumen skills will help support and drive the acceleration. This blog examines four significant trends impacting the business world through the lens of the enhanced business acumen capabilities organizations need to survive, thrive, and then accelerate performance.

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3 Big Mistakes from 4,536 Years of Business Simulation Workshops

By Robert Brodo | Jul 14, 2020 8:16:17 AM

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year like no other. One of the most significant changes to the process of capabilities development has been the overnight pivot and transformation from in-person classroom learning to virtual learning. Literally overnight, corporate talent development professionals were forced to endure a disrupted model and figure out a way to survive.

Not only has everyone survived, but we have all actually figured out a way to make learning experiences better and more impactful.

The use of virtual business simulations is just one way the disruption has been accepted. Instead of having some tired old talking head drone on with endless PowerPoints, learners are embracing the virtual intimacy of running their own businesses and learning by doing in digital business simulation workshops.

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