Rise: The New and First Time Manager Program


The Blended and Gamified
New Manager Program

Program overview

Most young managers and leaders grow to people manager roles due to their superior performance as individual contributors. The Rise program focuses on measurable development of crucial skills required to be effective as a people manager.

Great managers boost employee productivity by an average of 11% and have lower turnover on their teams.

65% of employees would rather have a new manager than a pay raise.

Managers may account for as much as 70% of variance in employee engagement.

Gamified and blended learning journey

Rise has a unique, gamified, and blended learning journey. The program focuses on 6 crucial managerial skills – trust, goal setting, prioritisation, delegation, feedback, motivation and well being. Each skill is transferred through a blended approach with pre-workshop engagement and preparation, live and gamified master classes with action planning, and post-workshop spaced learning, reflection circles, and evaluation.

#1 - The Smartcity Challenge
The Smartcity Challenge

A self-paced, action-packed, business simulation game in which participants take on the role of a leader who needs to steer their team to success by focusing on key managerial and leadership behaviours. Participants receive an individualised, leadership style report after playing the game.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover the essential management skills and behaviours
  • Appreciate the need to display the key managerial behaviours consistently
  • Reflect on their innate managerial styles and identify specific focus areas
#2 People First Mindset
People first mindset png

A gamified workshop where participants discover the importance of building trust and taking a people first approach while building and leading teams.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Transition from being a Task Manager to a People Manager
  • Appreciate the role of Trust as a fuel for performance
  • Discover the Skill/Will matrix


#3 Driving Results
Driving results

This session is delivered using a business simulation game in which participants work in teams to improve the performance of a struggling team inside a larger organization

Learning Outcomes:

  • Set stretch goals
  • Clarify goals
  • Prioritise using principles of Kanban
  • Delegate work effectively
#4 Art of Feedforward
Art of Feedforward

A driven discovery session where participants explore the power of questions, the importance of conducting frequent check-ins, and providing structured feedback using the STAR/AR framework.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Conduct performance root cause analysis
  • Appreciate the importance of check-in discussions
  • Conduct structured feedback discussions using the STAR/AR framework
#5 Motivation and Well Being
Motivated and wellbeing

A series of group processes and exercises where participants explore techniques to keep their teams motivated, happy, and inspired. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand key drivers of motivation
  • Avoid motivation drainers
  • Help team members structure and organise work efficiently
  • Build resilience 

Additional topics

The Rise learning journey is completely customisable. You can add the following topics to the learning journey to suit the needs of your audience.

  • Managerial communication
  • Managing change
  • Stakeholder management
  • Influence without authority
  • Managerial decision making
  • Work structuring and task planning
  • Driving collaboration

Program certification

Rise Certificate
Certification criterion

All participants who achieve a threshold score in the evaluation process, are presented a Certificate of Merit. 

Program evaluation criterion:

The program is evaluated using two metrics:

  • Engagement metrics: These metrics measure the engagement of learners through the learning journey​. This is measured on the basis of completion of pre and post-workshop activities and participation in master classes
  • Proficiency metrics: These metrics measure the proficiency gained through the learning intervention. This is measured through the learning action plans and scored post-assessment learning units

Program highlights

Rise is not just a learning journey, it is a carefully crafted learning experience. The program offers a mix of game, simulations, group processes, spaced practice, action projects, and a learner community. 

Game based

Workshops are delivered through live, virtual board games. This increases peer-to-peer learning, leads to deep reflection, and higher learner motivation.

Spaced Practice

Workshops are followed by short, learning nudges in the form of self-paced quizzes, simulations, exercises and interactive knowledge maps.

Action Plans

Each workshop requires learners to create and complete an action plan. The action plan ensures that learners transfer concepts and techniques to the job. A learning buddy ensures that participants complete the action plan.

Learner Community

An online learning community keeps learners in touch with each other and creates an environment for sharing best practices and stories. Reflection cohorts help participants share success stories with each other.

Learner testimonials

Must for all new managers

This is what I needed at this time to gain the knowledge as I transition to Management responsibility.
Rise Participant

Highly impactful

The sessions were great! I particularly liked the portal that was leveraged during the session, and the games are very interesting and helpful at the same time
Rise Participant

Great content

The content is so solid that the role of facilitator is majorly restricted to keep our attention span, which the facilitator was great at! Cheers to the program.
Rise Participant
Uno Minda

Frequently asked questions

How are the programs delivered?

Rise is a blended learning program. All workshops are live, synchronous learning events that require learners to login through a virtual conferencing tool like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or WebEx. The self-paced components of the program require learners to login to a learning portal.

Are the courses downloadable?

Yes. Participants have access to video recordings of each workshop.

Are these open programs?

Currently, we don’t run open programs. These programs are delivered to teams within organizations.

Who developed these programs?

All programs are developed by the Skills Cafe’ content research and development team. All programs are based on research informed principles and practices.

What learning methodologies are used?

All workshops are delivered using a mix of digital tools including – Skills Cafe’ Live Boardgames, Mural (Mural.co), Self-paced simulation through Flogames. We use games, group processes, exercises, and practice drills to deliver these workshops.

Is the program customizable?

Yes. We conduct a thorough needs analysis through focus group discussions and surveys. All case studies and processes are customized to the needs of the target audience. The components of the learning journey are also customizable.

Few of our clients

Rise has made the leadership transition smoother for 5000+ managers in 20+ organisations.

Blue star
Manipal Technology Limited
Adiya Birla group
uno minda

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