Entrepreneurial leadership


What is the team would be run like a company? What would change and which issues would be given more emphasis? A simulation based on a book by Risto Siilasmaa guides your to the topic.

Worker or entrepreneur?

The simulation takes the team to make strategic choices for an internationally successful corporation in difficult times. You will face business challenges that highlight the entrepreneurial aspects of your team.

In the simulation, the team will be able to evaluate itself and its performance in ream elation to various elements of entrepreneurial activity. The team encounters situations that require for instance uninterrupted concentration or asking “why”.

According to Siilasmaa, the elements of entrepreneurial leadership include for instance acknowledgement of facts, thirst for knowledge, taking responsibility and keeping the eyes on the horizon.

The story unfolds through concrete situations, and addresses the attitudes and skills of the team and its members towards entrepreneurship.

The simulation also has a built-in educational element. If the group is familiar with Siilasmaa’s book, it can deepen and reflect on their own understanding of entrepreneurial activities – if the structure is new to the group, it will become familiar with it in an activating way.


Who of you asks “why” rather than just “what”?


For who in your group is it typical to bring also bad news to the discussion?


Who of you is persistent and tries hard despite setbacks?


Who of you cares about the company as their own and also shows it through action?

Research background

The simulation is based on Risto Siilasmaa’s book on Paranoid optimist and its main idea of entrepreneurial leadership.


  • Operationally learn entrepreneurial behavior and discuss how to apply it within your team and organisation
  • Develop the team’s working methods
  • Highlight individual practices and preferences, get to know colleagues and understand their backgrounds
  • Make practices and role divisions visible

For whom

  • Organisations’ management and teams with independent decision-making power or self-guidance.
  • Duration about 4.5 hours. 10 cases to solve in the simulation, followed by planning the next development steps for the team in a results workshop. If required, can be shortened to 2.5 hours.

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Glue your team together

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Understand the stress factors

The simulation facilitates discussion on different stress factors and each team member’s attitude towards them.

Efficient management team

The simulation takes a facilitated approach to dealing with the team’s readiness and strengths in different situations facing the management team.

Results workshop

To support different simulations, we offer a separate results workshop, which is designed to provide the team with a development path based on the simulation results.

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