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Ten Activities that Take the Mystery Out of Finance

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Ten fun games and exercises to help non-accountants understand the financial aspects of successfully running a business.

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Ten fun games and exercises to help non-accountants understand the financial aspects of successfully running a business.

Middle Family Accounting Exercise

Exercise: Participants take a typical Australian Household’s figures and convert them into a simple set of accounts.

A short, hands-on demonstration of the constituent parts of a set of financial reports.

Middle Family Budgeting Exercise

Exercise: Participants take a typical Australian Household’s figures and convert them into a simple set of budgets.

A short, hands-on demonstration of budgeting.

Middle Family Reforecasts Exercise

Exercise: Participants take a typical Australian Household’s figures and reforecast budgets in line with actual experiences and planned actions.

A short, hands-on demonstration of reforecasting.

Card Shark

Task: Win points at cards in a foursome, but is it a team or an individual game?

A hands-on experience of playing to win in shark infested waters and finding what it will take for everyone to win or the effect of playing win/lose. (30 mins)

Complaints Report Exercise (team)

Exercise: Participants analyse the case study company complaints statistics in a pen and paper exercise designed to test their ability to see patterns in numbers and draw appropriate conclusions from what they see.

Demonstrates the ability to see behind the numbers.

Financial Castle Keeps

Task: Teams begin by making the tallest mediaeval castle out of paper, straws and tape. Then deal with an abundance of changes that transform their castle completely. They must keep accurate records of costs and profits to account to a demanding King’s Treasury.

A very challenging, fun, team action game with continual changes to product and costs that will test participants’ ability to stay on task, make a profit, support their leader and build a firm foundation for success in an uncertain future. (90 mins)

Financial Reports Exercise

Exercise: Participant teams identify the big picture factors they need to know before they analyse a set of financial reports.

A simple but effective exercise which is fun to play.

House of Cards Reforecasts

Task: Teams build the tallest house of cards but what assumptions do they make and do they stick with accepted norms or innovate? They first set a target height, then adjust it in the light of experience and try again, finally they reforecast and measure the end result.

An energetic game that will challenge mental models most don’t realise they have and that can prevent or slow business innovation while demonstrating actual, budget and reforecast results. (20 mins)

Investor Exercise

Exercise: Participants make a decision on where to invest $10 m for 10 years to obtain the best returns from a range of investment options with a minimum of information.

Draws out the difference in investment returns required to compensate for the element of risk.

Maths Game

Task: Get teams of four to choose one expert at addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and give them an exam paper – the first team to return the paper is the winner

A very quick game that illustrates the power of assumption and mental models – how many teams complete the test and how many simply hand in the paper as instructed? (5 mins)

 

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