Zombie Outbreak Participant Guide


Category: Simulations
Code: 245

Does your team understand the concept of synergy? Help team members to develop vital group-process skills with Zombie Outbreak.

Zombie Outbreak is an excellent tool for teams struggling or working under pressure.

There's one reason why training simulations are a popular choice for team development training. They work! They help teams to work together better and individuals to become better team members, so they are ideal for new teams, or those struggling to work together; or where other changes in the organisation are creating an impact.

Whilst a fun activity the underlying benefits include:

• "Breaking the ice" among new or conflicted teams.

Illustrate the concept of team synergy.

• Give teams a non-threatening opportunity to work together.

• Help teams practice consensus decision making.

• Improve active listening, probing, and confronting behaviours in a realistic setting.

• Train team leaders in team facilitation skills.

• Introduce an organisational change.

Interject a fun activity into an otherwise serious agenda.

Each adventure simulation in HRDQ's Team Adventure Series starts with a suspense-filled scenario that challenges teams to work together to escape danger with only limited resources - and each other. While most people can rest assured knowing they'll never encounter these survival situations, they do experience the similar feelings of stress and conflict that accompany everyday organisational life.

The Zombie Outbreak Scenario

It's a Monday morning in downtown Colorado Springs. The day starts out as every other. You arrive at the office, ready to begin work. You spend some time greeting a new employee and chatting with your co-workers. Someone brings up a news story about three people who were killed over the weekend – rumor has it – by zombies. Conversation ensues about the probability of such an occurrence when there is a sudden frenzy in the office over an employee who appears to be acting out of sorts, going as far as biting another person. The rumour suddenly becomes a reality. You and your four co-workers quickly realise that you must work together to make some vital decisions on what to do and how to best equip yourselves in order to survive the developing zombie outbreak.

Learning Outcomes

• Allow your team to practice team decision making under pressure.

• Provide an opportunity for your team to practice interpersonal skills, such as active listening, questioning, and confronting behaviours, in a realistic setting.

• Illustrate the concept of team synergy.

• Provide you with a non-threatening opportunity to work together.

Following the introduction of the survival scenario, participants are challenged to rank six action options and 15 survival items - first as individuals and then a second time as a team. Participants compare their Team Scores to the Best Individual Score and expert rationale to determine if synergy was achieved. The three-hour workshop explores the concept of synergy and consensus decision making. It also helps teams to develop vital group-process skills such as interpersonal communication and problem solving.

Participant Guide: Order one per individual or participant.

The Participant Guide includes the scenario, pressure-sensitive scoring, Colorado Springs map, conversion charts, worksheets, information about synergy, team reflection, and action planning.

Attribute name Attribute value
FORMAT Simulation
OBJECTIVE Build the skills for teams to achieve synergy
AUDIENCE Individuals or teams that need to solve problems quickly and efficiently
AUTHOR HRDQ Research & Development Team

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