Cave Without A Name

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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 apparent way out! Cave Without a Name is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those that need to make group decisions regularly.

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.

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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 that 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 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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Product Details

Product Type: Survival simulation. The Cave Without a Name Facilitator Guide is designed as a detailed resource binder used by the trainer to deepen participants’ understanding of the concepts throughout this simulation.

Target Audience: Team members at any level, especially those who work under pressure.

Measures: Consensus decision making and decision making under pressure.

Dimensions: Team synergy, quick decision making skills, consensus decision making, communication, problem-solving.

Time Required: Simulation: 15 minutes. Workshop: 2 hours.

What to Order

Starter Kit: Order One Kit For Up to Five Participants.

Includes the Facilitator Guide and a pack of five Participant Guides.

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guide 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 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

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.

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.