Game Changers at the Circus - How We Got To Develop A Unique Game To Apply The Learnings From A Unique Leadership Book

What more can be added to the category of leadership books?

 The newly launched leadership fable by Jean-Francois Cousin.

The newly launched leadership fable by Jean-Francois Cousin.

Game Changers at the Circus, is the title of Jean-Francois Cousin’s new book on leadership. When I first heard about the project, I wondered what new can be added to this subject; isn’t there enough books on leadership already?

After learning more, I realized that Jean-Francois was writing in an unusual format. Not the typical leadership book where readers are spoon fed with models and conclusions, but instead in a story-format that enables readers to think by themselves and draw parallels to their own reality.

This approach to learning and transformation is very familiar to ENPEO and is the foundation of all our work; be it leadership development, change communication or business acumen training. It got me interested.

An engaging fable about leadership transformation

Jean-Francois’s book is written as a fable where the main roles are played by animals at a circus. The reader gets to follow the animals’ journey from poor performance to achieving their greatest performance as a team.

The story is naturally very engaging. As a reader it is easy to recognize the real-life characters illustrated by the animals and start to draw parallels to one’s own leadership behavior and find inspiration on how to improve leadership and team performance.

A game to help apply insights from the book

 The board game helps leaders immediately apply insights from the book into real-life. It can be 'played' individually or in small teams of leaders.

The board game helps leaders immediately apply insights from the book into real-life. It can be 'played' individually or in small teams of leaders.

Based on our shared passion for story-telling and helping leaders to think and make change happen, Jean-Francois and myself decided to create a game to use in conjunction with the book. The game is designed to help draw learnings from the book into real-life. With the game leaders can assess the current situation in their team, discuss and define desired situation and discuss how to start closing gaps.

The game, as is the book, comes in a very attractive package that draws people into discovery. A bright yellow sticker warns the reader from opening the game before reading the book. But of course most people take that as an invitation :-)

It is OK to try the game before reading, but the full motivation and emotional connection to change, comes from immersing oneself in the full fable and connect with the animals, their strengths, weaknesses and their transformation towards greatness.

All in all, Jean-Francois’s new book builds motivation and inspiration for leaders to unleash greatness in their organization. And the game helps them to immediately bring the learning from the book into reality.

You can find more information about the book and it’s additional resources at Jean-Francois’s webpage: www.greatness.coach/book/