Arising from his work around the globe, an urgent need became clear, namely how to ready an entirely new generation for leadership and, perhaps as important in this demand economy, entrepreneurship. Kevin and his colleagues began a study of millennials, new learning platforms and product development.
The outcome would be a new kind of game-based learning methodology— a highly engaging, challenging and informative digitally savvy “leadership simulation” game Planet Jockey that puts players in the CEO hot seat and lets them experience the challenges of everyday leadership. Its content is drawn from intense research and the elements of Kevin’s second book, The Case of the Missing Cutlery: A Leadership Course for the Rising Star, which has been featured on BBC Radio’s. EI Games has since launched games in additional areas such as Pitching & Presentation, Business Ethics, Organizational Assessment (developed with Arizona State University) and is now developing an Entrepreneurship Game in conjunction with instructors at Ball State University. EI Games has found its way successfully into some of the world’s most notable companies, including Cisco, Citrix, Delhaize Group, Parker Hannifin, Expedia and others, as well as universities across the US, including Arizona State University, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Georgia Tech and Duke University to overwhelmingly positive feedback:
“Planet Jockey is the perfect training for anyone who wants to get into a fast track in their next big role. The game combines the human side of the business and some fun, engaging simulation with a focus on the actual outcome for the user."
“Better delivery method than any other training I've had." – Cisco
“We observed increased self-regard, self-confidence, and a foundation for a healthier and more professional self-image... a number of students returning to discuss the techniques and skills acquired from the simulation that were immediately applied in their workplaces.” – Dr. Michael Sutton, Westminster College
“It was very inspiring and it made a seemingly impossible, intimidating process of going through the ranks of a company seem very possible." – Student, Arizona State University
"Kevin Allen alone was worth the trip. He was not only the best speaker I've seen since joining Google, its possible he may have been the most engaging speaker I have ever listened to."
"Kevin Allen was by far the best part of the training. He was inspiring and what I loved most was that his advice was practical for every client situation, regardless of the size of pitch or client."
"Kevin was an excellent, inpiring presenter and I think he would have more to teach us if we can organise future sessions with him - these are the sessions that change the way we do business day to day."
Kevin has been featured widely on news outlets and his Harvard Business Review piece on how language and emotional intelligence shapes a company's culture continues to be one of their most-talked about pieces. His second book on emotionally intelligent leadership, The Case of the Missing Cutlery, has been featured on BBC Radio and is used as a course text at universities in the US.