Fun way to learn business

2012-02-21 00:00

THE words fun and business are seldom used in the same sentence.

However, business coaching and training company ActionCOACH KZN is making business owners rekindle memories of their youth through a new entrepreneurship board game that      teaches      and      reinforces business concepts in an entertaining way.

In a sense, participants are also engaging in a form of business training.

The game is known as “Leverage — The Game of Business”.

ActionCOACH KZN owner, master coach and franchisee Patrick Greenaway told The Witness that the game unashamedly revolves around turning your business venture into a roaring success.

The game — which consists of the usual items like tokens, a dice, cards with business concepts, and “play cash” — was developed by the founder, chairperson and president of the global ActionCOACH group, Brad Sugars.

Apart from being a fun way to learn the ins and outs of business, the game is also accessible to younger people as it caters for people from the age of 12 and up.

With entrepreneurial success at the heart of the game, it has three key focus areas — rapidly raising one’s income, how to become rich and successful and how to create­ a successful business that can be run without your hands-on involvement.

Participants can run a variety of businesses, including a beauty salon, construction firm, pharmacy, small supermarket and a pizza delivery service.

The game is open to clients and non-clients alike.

ActionCOACH KZN recently held a clients evening to showcase the game.

Greenaway said that about 18 people played the game, saying that the session lasted several hours.

“We have had an overwhelming response to the game. It is a fun way to learn business concepts and how to run a business.”

Business concepts include profit, overdraft, marketing, systems and technology, record-keeping, auditing, and delivery and distribution.

Established four years ago, ActionCOACH KZN has experienced impressive growth since its inception.

The firm now boasts about 35 one-on-one clients and 30 Action Club clients. It deals exclusively with entrepreneurs.

Greenaway said in the past two years, the business has grown by 67%.

He said that during the same period­, the number of clients has grown by 56%.

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