Outback Participant Guide


Category: Simulations
Code: 237

Introduces the concept of synergy and helps team members to develop vital group-process skills such as decision making and conflict resolution. Part of the HRDQ Team Adventure Series.

Second Edition

Demonstrate the concept of team synergy with Outback, a challenging adventure simulation that focuses on team leadership, communication, consensus decision-making, and problem solving. Participants experience first-hand the advantage of working as a team when they realise that the results achieved as a group out-measure those of any one individual.

Treat teams to the exotic, eerie beauty of the Australian bush country.

The Scenario

A group of friends decides to take a hike in the Australian outback - without a guide. They’re confident at first, but soon every tree, shrub, and patch of ground begins to look the same. Panic sets in as they lose sight of the trail and realise they’re lost in the wild Australian bush.

Knowing it could be days before they’re found, the group must find a way to survive the elements with only limited supplies and the clothes on their backs.

Outback makes an especially effective training exercise for management teams.

Learning Outcomes

• Learn how to manage and resolve group conflict

• Hone group problem-solving skills

• Improve communication

• Discover the advantages of consensus decision-making

What to Order/Product Contents

Order one Participant Guide per team member.

Note: Outback works best when participants are divided into teams of seven or fewer per table.

Participant Guide includes:

• Scenario description

• Pressure-sensitive response form

• Team synergy score chart

• Team discussion guidelines

Attribute name Attribute value
FORMAT Simulation
OBJECTIVE Build the skills for teams to achieve synergy
AUDIENCE Advanced Teams
AUTHOR HRDQ Research & Development Team

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