HRDQ's 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 the similar feelings of stress and conflict that accompany everyday organizational life.
The Cave Without a Name Scenario
It started innocently enough. A group of tourists enters a living cave near the Guadalupe River in Texas. Amazed by the fascinating rock formations and mysterious passageways, the group descends deep into unexplored territory when suddenly they hear a loud sound: "Shoof!" Before they can react, the caverns are consumed by a rush of water. The lights go dark, and now the group huddles in terror as they realize they're trapped with no obvious way out. Cave Without a Name is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those that need to make group decisions on a regular basis.
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.
The Cave Without a Name Facilitator Guide includes everything trainers need to lead the simulation and classroom training workshop, from comprehensive background information and expert rationale to a step-by-step workshop outline, expert rationale, and a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.
- Hone 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
Uses and Applications
Cave Without a Name can be used as a standalone training instrument or incorporated into a more comprehensive program on teambuilding. It's also effective as a component for problem-solving, decision-making, and interpersonal skills training programs. Use the survival simulation to:
- Illustrate the concept of team synergy
- "Break the ice" among new or conflicted teams
- Give teams a nonthreatening opportunity to work together
- Help teams practice consensus decision making
- Improve active listening, probing, and confronting behaviors in a realistic setting
- Train team leaders in team facilitation skills
- Open or close a learning session
- Introduce an organizational change
- Interject a fun activity into an otherwise serious agenda
- Supplement outdoor experiential learning
Target Audience: Team members at any level, especially those who work under pressure
Product Type: Simulation
Focus: Consensus decision making and decision making under pressure
Time Required: Administration: 15 minutes, Workshop: 2 hours
What do I order?
Facilitator Set: Order one per trainer. The comprehensive facilitator set includes everything trainers need to deliver Cave Without a Name, including background information, administrative guidelines, a step-by-step workshop outline, expert rationale, alternative training designs, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and sample participant materials. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.
Participant Guide: Order one per individual or participant. The participant guide includes the adventure scenario, pressure-sensitive scoring, background information, five-step problem-solving process, how to improve team discussions, team reflection, and action-planning worksheets.
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