It is hard to capture the extent to which four days of planned activities, led by a total stranger, can in fact deeply change all those other strangers who at first thought they were about to just enter another training workshop.

We came out of it with life-long promises to ourselves and a genuine determination to change patterns because of what we experienced, and not because of what we were told.

The simulation is not about skills; it is about the awareness that we gain about ourselves and how we relate to those around us. Once you start to really understand why acts of leadership require awareness, compassion and courage, then it becomes difficult to turn your back on what you’ve learned.

Two months later, the simulation has already helped me nurture a modest but daily awareness that is slowly chiselling down life-long undesirable habits. I did not expect a ‘four-day workshop’ to help me achieve this, but it has.”