I can't help you solve your loo paper crisis ... but I can help you fix your cash flow and profit worries

Running low on loo paper is uncomfortable

Running low on cash and profits is disastrous

when the economy gets tight, cash flow and profits become critical to your survival

You need to get the bright ideas out of your team members heads and into your bank

If your team members aren't regularly coming to you with cost-saving and revenue generating ideas then you've got "go-to-work" thinking, mindsets, toolsets and culture going on.

And if your competitors up the road have team members who are thinking and acting like business partners: who have the toolset and mindset to care as much about the top and bottom-lines as you do ... then you're not even in the game. 

Stop your needless worry. 

In one short day we can get your people to find hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost-savings or revenue. They've probably been sitting on these ideas for ages ... you simply haven't had the tools to unleash their brilliance. 

Zodiak Business Acumen

In this fast-paced one-day simulation your people get to run a $40,000,000 business.

We loan learners millions of dollars. We sell them a business. And then we let them discover how to make it work. Sound radical? Maybe

But according to more than one million players in a wide variety of industry and service organisations, retail operaitons, ultilities and government agencies, include a large number of Fortune 500 leaders, the Zodiak learning experience is transformational.  


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For Your Company to Compete ...

Business Acumen Must Go Beyond the Executive Suite

In today's complex, competitive and fast-paced business environment, business acumen - the understanding of what it takes for your company to make money - must go well beyond the executive suite. 

Only when ALL your team members - from management to front-line understand your financial drivers, are aligned with your company's strategic objectives; and 'get' the connection between strategy and financial success can you have a true competitive edge. 

With business acumen your employees become business partners because they understand:
  • How profitability is driven
  • How assets are used
  • How cash is generated
  • How new strategies and initiatives impact financial success
  • Where they 'fit' into achievement of company goals

With business acumen your people make decisions and take day-to-day actions that drive the right results in the right way

The right questions lead to the right answers

When business acumen spreads in a company, team members begin to ask questions - of the organisation, their departments and themselves

  • Have production or service costs gone up? If so, why?
  • How has our new pricing impacted our margins?
  • How is competition affecting our performance?
  • Are customer needs and requirements changing?
  • How efficiently are we producing and delivering our products and services?
And these questions lead to others
  • What do we need to change or improve?
  • What does the company/department/team need to do differently?
  • What do I need to do to make a difference?

Here’s what people are saying about Zodiak

Jane McDonald           

Executive Director

Corporate Services


Identified significant savings

Our business is a not-for-profit and our people do brilliant work in the communities we serve. However, the bottom-line, and the impact of their daily decisions on our cash flow, is not top of mind. With increasing government scrutiny, and a deep desire to deliver even higher quality services for our clients, it is imperative that our leadership and front-line team members build their business acumen.


We engaged Shelley to deliver the Zodiak program and were delighted with the outcome. She delivered a fast-paced, high energy program. Throughout the day our leadership team held rich discussions, made many linkages back to their roles and team, and we identified several significant potential cost savings and revenue generating ideas.


If you want to shift your culture, and get everyone in your team thinking like business partners, I highly recommend Zodiak and Shelley.

Valerie Campbell-Hogg


Silkwood School

Best ROI We Ever Had

The lack of business understanding in our Team was having a serious impact on our culture. We wanted to grow a shared responsibility for the growth of our business.

We contacted Shelley, and as part of a bigger culture re-design project, we ran our first Zodiak training last year (2018).

The impact on sharing the responsibility was extraordinary and we have since made a decision that it was so valuable it is now a permanent part of our onboarding program. 

Best R.O.I we have ever had!

Cheryl Jowitt


Rebel Media

Identified over $475k Potential Revenue

We ran the Zodiak program with Shelley and 8 of our team leaders. In just one day we identified over $475K in potential revenue for the company

A powerful learning and business changing experience


The Simulation

As new owners of the struggling Zodiak company, learners sign for a bank loan, attract investors, purchase equipment and materials, and deliver products and services. As they do, terms like cash flow, return on equity, working capital, cost of good sold and assets come vividly to life. 

In just four hours as they handle chance events, move game pieces, answer to investors and make tough business decisions, something remarkable happens. Learners embrace new insights. Not just about how the numbers work, but about the consequences of business decisions and actions on financial success. That's true business acumen.


Next: Connections to your company

The Zodiak simulation is powerful, but what follows - a two to three-hour session known as Connections - makes the learning come to life. Learners use knowledge and insights from the simulation to look at your own company.

They explore strategies, processes, financial concepts, terminology, profit drivers, cash flow, the competition and more. It's here that learners connect to their own behaviours - their day-to-day decisions and actions that impact the bottom-line.


Finally: Deep Integration

What makes us a bit different is we follow up to ensure that you embed deeply these mindsets and tools into your team. 

Once a month for six-months we'll jump on a webinar to report back on how which projects are making and saving money. Which strategies are about to be adopted that could impact cash flow. 

Which type of person would you rather lead - a business partner or an employee?

When you've got employees who just turn up to work, you've got a business that is under-performing!

About Shelley Holmes

I'm Shelley Holmes. For the past 20+ years I've been a leader in, and a high-performance consultant for companies around the globe, who combined have revenues over $116 billion. In 2003 I was designated as one of the 50 greatest mentors in the world and included in the international bestseller of the same name.

Here at Make a Dent Leadership, we've inspired thousands of leaders to promotions, higher incomes, better relationships, and more fulfilling lives. 

Zodiak is a a game-changer. Since we've been running it with teams, they've gone on and created millions of dollars in new revenues and cost-savings. My desire is that you tap into this powerful program with your team and your business thrives exactly as you want it to.

Here’s what people are saying about Shelley

Nadine Catanzaro

Manufacturing Manager

Coca-Cola Amatil

Further engage team to improve performance

Working with Shelley I was able to identify genuine opportunities to further engage my team to improve performance and reach my personal goals as a leader.  Shelley challenged my thinking and enhanced my leadership style.   I would highly recommend her as a high-performance leadership mentor and influencer, with valuable perspective and depth of experience

John Swinburne

Learning Strategist


Improved ability to discuss business

I thought you'd be interested to hear how the material we covered with you in August has improved my ability to discuss business. It was empowering stuff and has given me a new level of confidence and subsequently allowed me to set higher professional goals.

Jan Bijsterbosch

Senior Vice President

Emirates Flight Catering

Influence has been far-reaching

I have spread the learnings from you throughout the Middle East now ;-). We have over 6000 employees, so your influence has been far-reaching.

Would you like a multiple figure 
boost to your bottom-line?

That's exactly what this small, independent school on the Gold Coast, Queensland has had happen since we introduced their team to business-partner thinking through the Zodiak training

You've got to love an ROI like this!

So far, this program has provided this school with a whopping 6,426% ROI . They've had a massive increase in profits. And we see results like this all the time!

What difference would it make if you could increase your business profits like this?

Get in touch today, to find out if this program is right for you and your team

You can send us a chat message, book a time to talk online, email or ask us to give you a call. Whatever works for you, we are here to help you and your team thrive. 

All you need do, is click on the yellow speech button to your right and get in touch with us. 

It's your time 

I'm looking forward to getting to know you and your team better, and help you become 'rockstars' in your industry. Go ahead and connect with me by using one of the options in the yellow box below.