the plays

mergers & acquisitions

Strategy and Culture Workshop

senior executives: Attracting &
retaining talent

Proven & Respected Team Leader Program

in clinical settings

Clinical Leadership Program


The Discover Program


The Directors College - 
Hollister Simulation

knowing your customers

Commercial Sales Excellence Program

speaking truth
to power

Level 3 Listening 
Brand Development Program

member relationship Management

Member Conversations 

horizontal relationships

Acting Out Respect - 
Peer-to-Peer Relationships



As Principal of the Directors College, I am focused on ensuring that all of the College’s activities support our stated mission as “Canada’s Gold Standard in Governance Education.” Our mission rests on the quality of the students and faculty we bring together in dialogue. Peter Gardiner-Harding and some of his team from playsthatwork are core faculty members who challenge students through the use of simulations, mini-case studies and role plays, to put into practice the knowledge, skills and behaviours the College believes are needed to truly elevate director and board effectiveness and performance.
Dr. Michael Hartmann
Principal, The Directors College / Professor HRM & Exec. Director
DeGroote School of Business / McMaster University
Since 2008, Cervus Equipment Corporation has been acquiring business-to-business equipment dealerships growing from fifteen to seventy-two locations across three countries. playsthatwork’s experiential learning program was the catalyst to the exceptional success we have today. In each of the acquisitions where playsthatwork was used, we have seen the integration time line significantly reduced along with cultural alignment and financial performance well beyond our expectations. Without hesitation, I would recommend playsthatwork as partners. Their effectiveness, thinking, facilitation skills and integrity are exceptional
John C. Higgins
Vice President, Cervus Equipment Corp.
Peter Gardiner-Harding and his team at playsthatwork have made a tremendous difference to our success. We have known, for some time, that behaviour in the boardroom makes at least as much of a difference to effective governance as structural and technical elements. Peter and his team demonstrate good and bad boardroom behaviour and help our participants try different techniques. We cannot thank them enough!
David A.H. Brown
Executive Director, The Directors College and Brown Governance Inc.