Participants respond to the following story-line:“You and a group of your friends are on a sailing and scuba adventure off Tobago Island in the British West Indies. You run into a violent storm spawned at the edge of a hurricane. Your boat smashes onto the rocks, leaving you stranded on a small, uninhabited island. You have lost much of your equipment and some of you need medical attention. Important decisions must be made for your survival.”
Participants select a survival strategy and rank the salvaged items in order of importance.
Our Survival Simulations have helped thousands of team members to experience and understand group dynamics at first hand.
Participants have an opportunity to focus on key teamwork processes including:
• Making consensus decisions
• Solving complex problems
• Managing different viewpoints and perspectives
• Influencing and communicating
The resources provide a safe means of experiencing adventure situations that challenge participants to think and work as a team. The products demonstrate the importance of group process in achieving team effectiveness and help to build synergy within work teams. They offer the participants an opportunity to observe team dynamics in a non-threatening environment providing insights for team development.
Adventure simulations present participants with believable dilemmas—ones in which they can easily picture themselves. The activities ask the participants to individually solve the problem and then repeat the problem-solving process as a group using consensus decision-making techniques. The activities demonstrate that effective teams frequently produce better results than individuals alone.
• Provide stand-alone team-building training
• Use as warm-up activity in larger training designs
• Assessment centres
• Evaluating the success of team development processes
• An on-job team skills ‘refresher’.
All organisation members
2 to 2½ hours
Richard L. Hill & Irving R. Stubbs