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Teamwork Challenges

Let’s make this your BEST TEAM EVER!!!

 

Develop teamwork & trust

Yes, it’s possible!
Yes, with the current group of people and situation!

Teams ‘evolve’ over time with focused attention on the 7 areas of team effectiveness.  Good NEWS!!!  You don’t need to have everything in place NOW to create a more positive team experience.  All you need is systematic approach to assessing and improving targeted items that the team feel are most important.  This provides HOPE that things can get better.  The neuroscience research supports this approach, so we do to!!

 

Team’s aren’t “BUILT” like a lego set because humans are not ‘interchangeable parts”.  They evolve over time as processes improve and trust is developed.  For this reason, we’ve got a series of TEAM CHALLENGES as a way to accelerate the team learning process in a safe, effective learning experience like these…

 

TEAM SIMULATIONS and TEAMWORK CHALLENGES

SIMULATIONS – We partner with leading companies to provide a diverse set of simulations to challenge your team.  These sophisticated scenarios require the team to work collaboratively under time constraints to solve problems that have ‘life or death consequences’ at stake.  We can help select the right one for your situation and facilitate the session in either a face-to-face or virtual setting.  THE VALUE IS IN THE DEBRIEF.  Translating lessons learned back to work situations is where we thrive!  Technical backgrounds, diverse debrief strategies, powerful questions and seasoned facilitation expertise come together to surface key insights and develop action plans.

Scroll down to see options:  Survival SimulationsBusiness Simulations and Organizational Simulations

 

 

TEAM CHALLENGES – a large set of non-traditional ‘team-building’ activities that we’ve found to be most effective for technical teams.  You may have experienced some of these in the past with various degrees of results, so we got the extra step to translate key insights into changes back at work.  Technical backgrounds, diverse debrief strategies, powerful questions and seasoned facilitation expertise make this so effective.  PLUS we include coaching for leaders to help them know when to refer back to the activities periodically to remind everyone of the shared experience and apply the lessons learned to the work challenge at hand

 

 

 


SIMULATION OPTIONS

“Survival Situations”

Simulation

The Situation The Challenge

Time

Desert Survival Situation™
Sample
It’s a hot August day and your plane has just crash-landed in the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States. Rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team’s survival. 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Desert II Survival Situation™
Sample
On your way home from Acapulco, your chartered plane experiences engine trouble and crash-lands somewhere in the Sonoran Desert in the Southwestern United States. Identify your four greatest problems and the best strategy for your survival. Then, decide on the criticality of and best use for 16 items salvaged from the crash. 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Bushfire Survival Situation™
Sample
You and your group are on holiday in the Dandenong Ranges just east of Melbourne, Australia, when you suddenly notice a bushfire approaching. Rank 12 items in the order of their importance to your team’s survival. 1.5 to 2 hours
Reef Survival Situation™
Sample
On an excursion from Tahiti to Australia, your yacht strikes a coral reef and begins taking on water through the hull. Rank 12 items salvaged from the yacht in the order of their importance to your team’s survival. 1.5 to 2 hours
Tsunami
Sample
Your group is enjoying a beach party on the coast in central Chile when a text message alerts that a tsunami is approaching. Rank 8 items in the order of their importance to your team’s survival. 1 to 2 hours
Subarctic Survival Situation™
Sample
22 air miles east of your intended destination, your float plane crashes on the east shore of Laura Lake, in the subarctic region of the northern Quebec-Newfoundland border. Rank 15 items salvaged from the plane in the order of their importance to your team’s survival. 1.5 to 2.5 hours
Cascades Survival Situation™
Sample
On the way back from a weekend retreat, the helicopter carrying you and your group crashes in a small clearing high in the Cascades Mountains. Rank 12 items salvaged from the crash in the order of their importance to your team’s survival. 1 to 1.5 hours

Business Situations

Simulation The Situation The Challenge Time
Coach — Co-Achieving You have been asked to coach a poorly performing sports team. Coach is designed to complement the Life Styles Inventory™ (LSI) and encourages thinking about the values that underpin achievement motivation. Choose from a number of options the approach you would take with this team and how you would motivate the players; then, select the team and set goals for improved performance. 2.5 to 4 hours
Project Planning Situation™
Strengthen general planning proficiencies and competencies Sample Participant Booklet
Your team has been assigned responsibility for designing a plan for managing a secret project. Sequence 20 activities in the order they should be followed in managing the project. 1 to 2 hours
Meeting Effectiveness Situation™
Develop effective meeting management skills and practices
Increasing turnover rates in most of your stores require that you call a meeting to discuss the problem. Sequence 20 action steps in the order they should be followed to maximize the effectiveness of the meeting. 1 to 2 hours
Customer Complaint Situation™
Learn how to handle customer complaints efficiently and effectively
A customer approaches you with a complaint. Sequence 18 action steps in the order they should be carried out to maximize service effectiveness. 1.5 to 2 hours
Envisioning a Culture for Quality™
Create a culture that makes service quality and teamwork the norm
A recent survey conducted by corporate headquarters indicates that your store rates “average” in service quality and suggests that the problem may be your store’s culture. Envision a culture for quality for your store by rank ordering the impacts (from most positive to most negative) of 24 behavioral norms on service quality. 2 to 3 hours
Turnaround™
Reveal underlying philosophies and assumptions regarding how to lead organizational transformation and change
You are a general manager in a large company that has just reassigned you to its failing blue jeans manufacturing plant. Develop a four-part plan for improving the plant, based on your review of the plant’s history and recent production and financial reports. 5 to 8 hours

Organizational Simulations

Simulation

The Situation The Challenge

Time

Organizational Change Challenge™
Learn the steps of an effective organizational change process
Sample Participant Booklet
Concerns about the stagnating growth of a home health care supplies and equipment manufacturer require that you and the other top managers outline a change process for revitalizing the company. Sequence 17 activities in the order they should be implemented to most effectively accomplish organizational change. 1.5 to 3 hours
Critical Thinking Challenge™
Stimulate creativity and innovative problem solving by applying critical thinking strategies and techniques
You work for a growing manufacturer of high-quality plastic parts and are a member of one of its continuous improvement teams. Come up with creative and workable solutions to five problems—all of which are difficult to solve by means of traditional problem-solving approaches. 20 to 35 minutes per problem (1.75 to 3 hours total)
Ethical Decision Challenge™
Promote recognition of ethical dilemmas and the skills for dealing with them
You are a member of your hospital’s Institutional Review Board, which is responsible for evaluating research proposals involving human subjects. Rank 10 research practices involving human subjects in order of their relative permissibility or acceptability. 1.75 to 3 hours
Constructive Negotiations Challenge™
Learn what it takes to achieve “win-win” agreements
You are a manager at a large computer software company and serve on a committee responsible for negotiating agreements and contracts with prospective partner organizations. Sequence 17 negotiation activities in the order they should be implemented to effectively develop integrative contracts and agreements. 1.75 to 3 hours
Strategic Planning Challenge™
Discover how to plan beyond the boundaries of your department or unit
You are the manager of a strategic business unit and serve on a committee responsible for developing strategic plans consistent with the mission and philosophy of the larger organization. Sequence 18 critical strategic planning activities in the order they should be implemented to most effectively achieve a set of integrated plans at the corporate and business unit levels. 1.75 to 3 hours
Performance Management Challenge™
Learn a process for maximizing motivation and performance
You have been appointed to serve on a committee responsible for developing new performance management guidelines and procedures that will be used throughout a large financial services company. Sequence 20 performance management activities in the order they should be implemented to evaluate and improve the performance of appraisees most effectively. 1.75 to 3.75 hours
Project Management Challenge™
Organize project management activities in a practical and efficient way to complete projects on time and within budget
You are a project manager and have recently been appointed to serve on a committee responsible for outlining a standard process for managing projects within your organization. Sequence 24 typical project management activities in the order they should be carried out to maximize the effectiveness of the project management process. 1.75 to 3.75 hours