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How Game Training Can Help You Thrive In Crises And Avoid “Game Over”

Have you ever looked back to a time when you were under extreme pressure and questioned why you reacted the way that you did?

You may have felt in control, but did hindsight tell a different story?

As lawyers, we’re under intense pressure on a daily basis; it’s easy to shrug our shoulders and think we know what we’re doing. However, this blog will help you turn that idea upside down and show you that game training could be the key to keeping a cool head during chaos, crises and high-conflict situations.

I’ve recently been chatting to former war journalist Antonia Koop, now CEO and Co-Founder of CobaltIED, a multinational tech startup. It’s launching state of the art VR/AR/XR (virtual reality, augmented reality, and extended reality) technologies to deliver a series of immersive, simulator game-training experiences designed to develop frontline leadership, create high-performing teams, build resilience, boost problem-solving, and reduce human error during critical operations and never before experienced circumstances.

How do you prepare for something you didn’t foresee or that you’ve never imagined before?

Hop onto the Water+Air podcast if you’d like to hear my conversation with Antonia in full.

In an ideal world we wouldn’t have to deal with conflict or crises, but as the pandemic has shown us, and the war in Ukraine, we can’t simply hope for the best and stick our heads in the sand. We need to prepare ourselves so that we respond to crises and conflicts as skilfully as possible.

Antonia shared the findings of research indicating that 70%+ of major incidents have been either caused or massively exacerbated by “human error”, which tells us loud and clear that we need to train ourselves to perform better!

There’s a plethora of training programmes and workshops out there (I’ll be sharing more about Fuel+Move’s own exciting offering in a moment!); the first thing I wanted to know was why Antonia’s game training was a cut above the rest.

Antonia: “When we’re in a crisis, our logical analytical ability to process information goes out the window. The clarity in our head disappears, especially when we’re not used to crisis situations.”

Lawyers (me included!) often think t