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Includes downloadable information about the specific methods and research used to develop and test Outback.
How It Works
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
Outback can be used as a standalone training instrument or incorporated into a more comprehensive program on team building. It's also effective as a component for problem-solving and decision-making 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.
Hone group problem-solving skills using a five-step process
Learn techniques for team conflict resolution
Understand four techniques to improve communication
Discover the advantages of consensus decision making
Learn the three elements of synergy
Outback is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those in the midst of problem solving or conflict.
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
What to Order
: Order one per trainer.
The comprehensive facilitator set includes everything trainers need to deliver Outback, 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, five-step problem-solving process, how to improve team discussions, team reflection, and action-planning worksheets.
Whether you are a novice trainer or seasoned facilitator, we highly recommend HRDQ QuickStart Training. Personalized, one-on-one telephone coaching gets you up-to-speed quickly. Our subject matter experts will review the product content with you, offer ideas for tailoring it to your specific needs, discuss typical participant questions and reactions, and more.
Rollin Glaser, Ed.D.
is an accomplished trainer, consultant, and expert in the field of adult learning, and also the co-founder and former chief executive officer of HRDQ. He holds several degrees, including a BS from Northwestern University and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University, as well as a MA and Ed.D. from Columbia University. In addition to many assessments, training games, programs, and articles, Mr. Glaser is the author of "Personnel Management for Retailers" and co-author of "The Management of Training and Managing by Design."
Christine Glaser, M.Ed.
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 BS 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
Team Effectiveness Profile
, and the
Negotiating Style Profile
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