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.
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, alternative training designs, and a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.
Uses and Applications
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 employee development 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.
Team members at any level, especially those who work under pressure
Consensus decision making and decision making under pressure
Administration: 15 minutes
Workshop: 2 hours
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The comprehensive Facilitator Set includes everything trainers need to deliver Marooned
, including background information, administrative guidelines, a step-by-step workshop outline, expert rationale, alternative training designs, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and sample participant materials.
: Order one per individual or participant.
The Participant Guide includes the adventure scenario, pressure-sensitive scoring, background information, team worksheet, and how to improve team discussions.
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An accomplished trainer, consultant, and expert in the field of adult learning, Rollin Glaser, EdD
is also the co-founder and former chief executive officer of HRDQ. He holds several degrees, including a B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University, as well as a M.A. and Ed.D. from Columbia University. In addition to many assessments, training games, programs, and articles, Rollin is the author of Personnel Management for Retailers
and co-author of The Management of Training
and Managing by Design
Christine Glaser, MEd
is the co-founder and former president of HRDQ. Her previous experience includes management skills training, consulting, editing, and public school teaching. She holds a B.S. from Northwestern University and a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Northeastern University. Ms. Glaser is co-author of Managing by Design
as well as several learning tools, including Jungle Escape
, the Team Effectiveness Profile
, and the Negotiating Style Profile
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