How It Works
Working for a land acquisition firm, teams serve as regional offices on a mission to identify and secure land that meets four specific criteria: adequate rainfall, proper drainage, rich soil, and gentle slope.
Each player is given a map that contains bits and pieces of relevant information. But they can’t keep it – they must quickly memorize what they see before it's taken away. Then, it's up to the individual players to decide if they want to share their information or not. What they may not realize right away is that every move the team makes will have an effect on the final outcome. Suspense builds as – one parcel of land at a time – the results of the group’s decisions are revealed. Choosing a non-viable land is costly, fertile real estate is profitable, and that's the difference between winning and losing.
Sound simple? Not so fast. The plot thickens, just as it does in everyday organizational life. Interpersonal conflict rots away at trust. Personnel changes crop up out of nowhere. And no one single person has all of the tools. Decisions must be made quickly – and often there’s risk involved.
Leadout is a popular favorite among audiences. But the simulation goes beyond just fun. It offers real learning, through the use of midpoint reflection, discussion questions, and a "Force Field Analysis" exercise.
Uses and Applications
Leadout can be used as a standalone learning experience, or incorporated into a more comprehensive program that addresses:
- Team building
- Group decision making
- Risk taking
- Conflict resolution