Viking Stories Leadership Game is built to minimize the amount of idiots in workplaces and maximize the amount of happiness in families. In other words: we are here to help leaders.
If you have read the book 'Surrounded by Idiots' by Thomas Erikson, you know the catch: when you realize what you could do better as a leader and after you have learned the best practices to lead your team or your organization, you have a lot less idiots around you.
When we talk about good leadership, we talk about leading people — who are all different. They have different beliefs, fears, hopes and ambitions. They react in different ways and appreciate different things.
What happens, when you get people motivated? When you feed them with a perfect combination of responsibility, freedom, encouragement and equality? You get not only better results, but also people who are more energetic, more balanced, more committed — and whose families are happier, too.
It's a real win—win—win situation.
Our vision is to help people to become better leaders than they ever believed they could. That's why we have developed a leadership training tool that makes leadership theories accessible, understandable and fun.
Why a game, why not consulting? Well, reading books or listening to a consult is not the most efficient way to learn leadership theories. It is not enough to memorize different leadership models – you have to take them into action. You have to understand in a deeper way, what the theories are about and how you yourself use them as a leader. Thus, when playing our game, you are not only learning how to use leadership theories in your work, but also learning more about yourself.
"Old dogs don't learn new tricks", they say, but that is an urban legend. So is the idea of leadership skills as something you are born with. In reality, you can practice those skills. Everyone can become a leader who is able to lead their team successfully through various challenges.
Our CEO Heli has helped organizations to develop their leadership practices for several years. She is a leadership, management theory and learning games specialist. Seppo, our COO, has years of experience as Executive Chairman, CEO and C-level director in banking and financial service industry.
In 2017, Heli and Seppo got an idea about a game that would simulate real-life leadership challenges and thus help the player to find the best ways to lead their own team. After this, basically in no time, our CTO Antti joined the team. He has 20 years of experience in software companies and start-ups.
And so this trio found themselves creating a brand new mobile game with a bunch of developers and gamification experts.
In 2018, our game went live. In the game, you can model real-life situations and leadership challenges of your team, find your strengths as a leader and learn the best leadership practices for your organization. Carefully built algorithms and Al will guide you through various challenges and help you to find the best ways to act. We also offer you data, that ables you to compare your results to other leaders and organizations. Everything is based on research and theory.
So far, we have done cooperation with several companies and organizations.