Global Management Challenge is an innovative way to develop the knowledge and skills of our employees It is also an opportunity to discover management potential among young talents.
“The Accenture Masters is a strategy and management competition that was born as part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Accenture in Portugal. We are partners in the Global Management Challenge and this was one of the starting points for the creation of an internal initiative, which was intended to be personalized, 100% digital and adapted to the remote context”, explains Rui Sales Rodrigues, Director of Marketing and Communication at the multinational.
The event lasted six weeks and participants had to manage a company using the Global Management Challenge simulator. Teams of staff that took part in this action will participate in the second edition of the first round of the 2020 edition of the national competition that starts in November.
“After this first experience, the teams will compete on behalf of Accenture, against teams from other organizations and university students. It makes it especially interesting to see not only the new strategies they are going to apply, but also the experience they already have and which could be preponderant in their performance”, emphasizes the Marketing director. He adds that in experiences like these, staff learn to be flexible, to make concerted decisions, to confront mistakes and to be aware that any decision taken will have a long-term consequence. Skills that improve “the way you work, think and act in your day-to-day life”.
João Matoso Henriques, CEO of SDG, the entity that organizes the Global Management Challenge with Expresso since 1980, reveals that “this type of action fits into our range of tailor-made internal training programmes. At national level, the teams will have a different experience than they have already lived, I take into account that the total duration, as well as the time between decisions and the number of these is different”.
Segismundo de Bragança leads one of the teams that will participate in the 2020 edition, representing the multinational. After the Accenture Masters “we want to go deeper, this time in a global competition, with teams that are not colleagues and of course, with a degree of challenge but also greater preparation”, he stresses. He believes that the simulations do not transform staff into managers overnight, but provide them with management concepts that are useful for their professional path.