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How can Short Sims teach a big, complicated topic?

A question from the community:

Clark, how do you handle a very big, complex topic using Short Sims, which typically are about 8 to 10 minutes long?

My answer:

Look at the big topic, and identify just one Short Sim to handle some small part of it. The Short Sim topic can be strategic, or tactical. So for a CFO, one Short Sim could be, "How do you determine the ROI (Return on Investment) for a simple expenditure?" Another could be "Why is ROI so critical to measure for a senior officer?"

And, as that sim is built, find the next Short Sim-able slice of content. And then the next. And then the next. Alternate between tactical and strategic, and building competence and conviction. Take on ever more complicated topics, always in 10 minute chunks, but increasingly based on earlier sims. How do you evaluate the risk in the revenue stream of a potential acquisition? How do you prioritize actions surfaced from an internal audit?

Invariably, you will also learn that even when you start with a simple topic, the final Short Sim may easily indirectly cover a lot more content than planned. So our Short Sim on "Why is ROI so critical...?" may show a screenshot of a tool used, may overview a difficult conversation with someone else from the C-Suite, or what success looks and feels like for a high performing person.

At the end of this process, there may be some part of the content that is left that needs to be delivered in other ways. But you will have shrunk the topic considerably.


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