Interactive simulations are an excellent way to build systemic intelligence. If done well, they provide you with a clear picture of one (or more) useful mental model(s) – by clearly articulating that mental model and engaging you viscerally with its implications. Pontifex Consulting has been developing simulations for organizations, coalitions, and communities for over twenty years. These simulations have been used by: MBA and executive education programs to enhance learning, state politicians to develop public policy, corporate leadership teams to develop global strategies, non-profits to communicate funding strategies to their boards, and NGOs to achieve international development goals.

On this page you’ll be able to experience a few of these simulations for yourself, and better understand where and how such simulation tools might help you and your colleagues achieve extraordinary results.

Systemic Intelligence: Why systemic intelligence is an essential (yet often overlooked) leadership capacity

This interactive guide includes the most comprehensive set of experiential exercises to communicate the value and “how to” of SysQ. You will learn why SysQ is an essential leadership capacity, common limitations of our thinking, how SysQ addresses those limitations, and a set of tools and frameworks that will help you build and apply SysQ to a range of issues.


SysQ for Business Process Improvement

This online sim is an interactive case study based on a real world experience. Often policies or programs are implemented believing they will have no unintended consequences. In this case study, you’ll see how a services organization implemented a marketing promotion only to find it created unforeseen headaches. SysQ is a way to anticipate and preemptively avoid (or mitigate) these actually predictable unintended consequences.


SysQ for The Power of Full Engagement

Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz wrote an international best seller that shifted the typical management paradigm for “managing work”. They propose the essential aspect to manage isn’t the amount of hours or time employees put into completing tasks. Instead, the focus should be on managing staff energy. This online sim demonstrates how their theory works. It’s also an excellent example of how SysQ isn’t just for managing systems, but for helping to communicate theories that sometimes sounds “squishy” and immeasurable.