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Hello, and welcome to the Performance Role Play Training blog.

This is where you’ll find news, insights, and industry info – all focused on issues like communication, performance, leadership, human capital and, of course, our favourite topic: immersive learning through Business Role Play.


I’m armed and ready!

I’m armed and ready!

Jocelyn Broderick

I’m armed and ready. Making excuses. Stalling. Heart racing. Maybe it’s not the time. Maybe there’s a reason not to? What if this is the defining moment that changes our lives forever? Should I find a reason not to? All I can think over and over is that this is a risk, this is a risk, this is a risk.

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Diving towards the future

Diving towards the future

Tumelo Don Mosenye

Isn’t it weird? …How we’ve come to live since the 26th of March?

Many are suffering from psychological anxiety as they don’t know whether they will still be employed so they can be able to continue to provide for their families now, and post covid-19. The reality is that the country’s economy continues to go down the slope and it’s beyond inevitable that many will lose their jobs. These kinds of intrusive thoughts breed depression.

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What’s your innovation?

What’s your innovation?

Boniswa Holland

Over the past few days I have been mulling over the idea of a whole new world.  We see it all the time in movies, especially post apocalyptic films.  After the aliens have come and gone, or the war has ended, the people always emerge in the sunlight with the wind blowing, gazing over an earth that is unrecognisable but inviting.

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A new look through my foggy lenses

A new look through my foggy lenses

Ilse Klink

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves – Dr Viktor Frankl

For many of us the pandemic of 2020 has stopped us in our tracks. All those New Year’s resolutions, all those grand plans, all of those manifestations have been put on ice. Now, we make room for new ones.

A little lost

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Let’s Play!

Let’s Play!

Charlotte Butler

We have lost the ability to play

As children we happily dressed up and became somebody else. Either the hero or the bad guy. A mop became a horse, a doll wrapped up in a towel became a crying baby, a stick a gun. Moms high heels and necklace turned us into a very important business woman. A blackboard, chalk and cane made us a strict teacher, shouting at our imaginary class.

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Reflections from the Couch

Reflections from the Couch

Phyllis Ndlovu

It is no exaggeration that the global pandemic took every single country, government, and business by surprise. It has been a common onslaught, a common enemy if you will, but every single human being has responded differently to the commonness of it. Individual responses have largely depended on the meaning they each ascribe to the state of affairs. There might be as many responses as there are people, but my observation has been that these responses fall into three broad categories.

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Don’t be a hound dog!

Don’t be a hound dog!

Judy Ditchfield

Nothing puts me off shopping more than a hard sell salesperson. You know the type trying to sell you something that you don’t want?  On more than one occasion, as they have starting their pushy, “trying-to-convince-me” sales talk, I have immediately said: “I will call you if I need you” retort.  Most of the time that seems to fly over their heads, and they continue to badger you. If they follow me around, I high tail it right out the store.  No question. I can’t stand it.  I don’t need to be hounded, because as quickly as you hound me, you will hound me out your store. Bad customer service.

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The journey through change

Judy Ditchfield

This lockdown has been something else. Yes, it is essential, yes, it is critical to curbing this horrible virus, but boy has it thrown up challenges and feelings and confusion in many of our lives. I have found myself on an emotional roller-coaster and on a journey of serious introspection. So many have shared their experiences of anger, frustration, fear, emotion, and simply feeling overwhelmed, as well as feelings of finally letting go and letting be…

So, how do we start dealing with this disruption?

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STOP WITH THE PRESSURE

STOP WITH THE PRESSURE

Judy Ditchfield

As if lockdown pressure wasn’t enough. From beyond the bars and locked front doors, lurking around every single corner, the pressure genies have emerged.  As people have struggled to acclimatize and readjust, just trying to start functioning through this, a very loud voice has arisen. 

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Life in the Time of …Tolerance

Life in the Time of …Tolerance

Jocelyn Broderick

The Rat Race

It’s been a week of being home day and night with my two sons and my man. Don’t think I have ever been at home this long, without popping out to the shops; rushing to endless meetings; trying to finish documents and corporate speeches; invoicing and following up payments, doing endless, endless admin, before getting home late and facing the kitchen on my night to cook. And ending up alone in the kitchen after supper, because I have my own special version of clean and won’t go to bed until the kitchen is spotless. My bad…or good. You choose.

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SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE

Charlotte Butler

These words can be found in the well-known fable by Greek Fabulist and story teller, Aesop’s The Tortoise and The Hare. I first heard the story while lying in the lounge in our home in Port Elizabeth. I listened to it often on our Hi-Fi. It was one of my favourite LP’s – yes vinyl.

In fact, those words; Slow and Steady Wins the Race, became my mantra for most of my life.

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The Global Marriage

The Global Marriage

Jocelyn Broderick

Is this all doom and gloom?

The last few weeks have been crazy – well, crazier than usual. I have been rushing to get things done at a frenzied pace; making sure family are looked after; bringing in enough to get through the end of the month; as this ever-growing shadow darkens in the sky above and around us. We have been practicing social distancing and keeping home as much as possible for weeks now. My eldest son arrived from America two weeks ago for a week’s visit to see friends and family. He can’t visit and see friends.

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