Use this popular business training game as an icebreaker game, in assessment centres or as an activity to help develop the following key skills:
- Conflict management
- Communication and consensus skills
- Decision making and problem solving
- Leadership, management and supervising
- Managing meetings
- Influencing and negotiation
- Team development.
THE TRAINING GAME SCENARIO
You are in Egypt, taking part in an organised trip through the remote part of the White Desert in a specially constructed coach\jeep for use in desert conditions. The vehicle hits an old landmine, killing the driver and the tour guide. No-one else is seriously injured, but the front of the coach has been destroyed
You are way off track and there are no mobile phone or GPS tracking signals available. The surrounding area is reasonably flat and appears to be rather barren except for occasional cacti.
You and your fellow tourists are dressed in shorts and lightweight casuals for Egypt's hot summer months.
With only the clothes you are wearing and 12 items gathered from the wreckage, how will you survive?
A USEFUL TEAMBUILDING ACTIVITY OR ASSESSMENT TEST
First, as individuals, the training game participants decide on a course of action and rate the importance of the 12 items. Then, working as a group, they rate the importance of the 12 items again.
Participants are then given an opportunity to compare how they have ranked the 12 items, individually and as a team, with an expert's opinion. In most cases the team performs better than the individuals.
The group discussion in this training exercise brings out lots of information that is useful for the training session debrief or in an assessment centre setting. For example who:
- who took control?
- kept the group in focus and helped set objectives?
- made important contributions?
- suggested ways to solve the problem?
- applied good listening and communication skills?
- ensured everyone contributed?
- encouraged participation?
- was negative towards others point of view?
- was prepared to listen to others who had different opinions?
- was prepared to change their stance?
- was determined to walk, no matter what the others wanted?
- put their point across in a convincing way?
- displayed good negotiation skills?
- displayed good leadership and management skills?
- was conscious of the time constraints?
- dealt with the conflict?
- contributed the most to the teamwork?
THIS ACTIVITY HELPS DEVLOP ESSENTIAL TEAM WORKING SKILLS
Listening skills and influencing are key to this activity. There will be an exchange of ideas, feelings, intentions, attitudes, expectations and perceptions - all important areas for effective communication.
Participants invariably choose different solutions in response to this situation, so conflict develops. Sometimes a participant will say "I don't care what the rest of you are going to do, I am going to ....." How does each participant deal with the conflict?
All participants need to work together to find a mutually acceptable solution (rather than producing a "we-they" situation). They will discover that a key positive of achieving consensus is that no member feels violated or ignored; this results in higher-quality decision making and stronger commitment to the agreed solution.