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Zombie Outbreak

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Zombie Outbreak is a simulation in team decision-making and team synergy. Participants face an impending zombie attack calling for them to work together to make the best possible decisions in order to survive. While the context is not usually life-threatening, there are often times when employees have to make decisions amidst stressful situations and as part of a team.

HRDQ Team Adventure Series training simulations are a popular choice for team development training. They're an effective way to introduce the concept of synergy and help team members quickly develop vital group-process skills such as consensus decision-making, problem-solving, communication, and conflict resolution in a nonthreatening learning environment.

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.
The Zombie Outbreak game is a high-energy training simulation activity that requires teams to work together to survive a developing zombie outbreak.
Following the introduction of the survival scenario, participants are challenged to rank six action options and 15 survival items - first as individuals, then 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.

Uses and Applications

Zombie Outbreak is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those in the midst of conflict.

Use Zombie Outbreak to help:

  • 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
  • Interject a fun activity into an otherwise serious agenda

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this simulation, participants will:
  • Uncover how to practice team decision-making under pressure
  • Understand how to practice interpersonal skills
  • Discover how to illustrate the concept of team synergy
  • Know how to provide you with a nonthreatening opportunity to work together

Product Details

Product Type: Survival simulation. The Facilitator Guide includes everything you need to lead a successful training session.

Target Audience: Team members at all levels.

Measures: Consensus decision-making under pressure.

Dimensions: Decision-making, problem-solving, communication, and conflict resolution.

Time Required: Three hours.

What to Order

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide Per Trainer.

The Facilitator Guide includes background information, administrative guidelines, step-by-step workshop outline, and sample participant materials. Facilitator materials will be available as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Participant Guide 5-Pack: Order Pack For Up to Five Participants.

The Participant Guide includes the adventure scenario, pressure-sensitive scoring, background information, team worksheets, and action planning.

About the Authors

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. We combine the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.

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