How It Works
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 similar feelings of stress and conflict, which accompany everyday organizational life.
Following the introduction of the survival scenario, participants are challenged to rank four immediate response alternatives and ten daypack 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 two-hour workshop explores the concept of synergy and helps teams to develop vital group-process skills such as decision making and interpersonal communication. The exercise also includes an introduction to three elements of synergy, a five-step problem-solving technique, four critical group maintenance skills, and the importance of consensus decision making.
Uses and Applications
Cave Without a Name can be used as a standalone training instrument or incorporated into a more comprehensive training program on team-building. It's also effective as a component for problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills training programs.
Use this survival game to:
- Illustrate the concept of team synergy
- Give teams a nonthreatening opportunity to work together
- Help teams practice consensus decision-making
- Improve active listening, probing, and confronting behaviors
- Train team leaders in team facilitation skills
- Introduce an organizational change
By the end of this game, participants will:
- Uncover how to develop group problem-solving skills using a five-step process
- Understand the four critical group maintenance skills
- Learn how groups make decisions
- Discover the advantages of consensus decision making
- Understand four techniques to improve communication
- Learn the three elements of synergy