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Swamped - Facilitator Set
Swamped! Facilitator Kit

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Product Code: 0236E2FG

There’s one reason why training simulations are a popular choice for team development training. They work. That’s because 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.

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 the similar feelings of stress and conflict that accompany everyday organizational life.

The Swamped Scenario
Deep in the wilds of Northern Minnesota, a group of friends enjoys a serene paddle across a scenic lake. But on the second day of the trip, the weather turns stormy and dangerous. And before they can reach the shore, a strong wind gusts flips their canoes upside down. Everything - and everyone - is dumped into the water. Some items sink and others float away, including the paddles. With only ten salvaged items, the group must work together as they struggle to survive on the deserted shores of Lake McEwen.

Learning Outcomes
  • Hone group problem-solving skills using a five-step process
  • Learn how to manage and resolve group conflict
  • Understand four techniques to improve communication
  • Discover the advantages of consensus decision making
  • Experience the concept of synergy
Swamped is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those in the midst of conflict or groups that struggle with effective problem-solving skills.

Following the introduction of the survival scenario, participants are challenged to rank ten rescued items - first as individuals and then a second time as a team. Teams compare their Team Scores to the Best Individual Score to determine if synergy was achieved. The exercise also includes an introduction to the concept of team synergy, a five-step problem-solving technique, four group-maintenance skills, and the importance of consensus decision making.

The Swamped Facilitator Guide includes everything trainers need to lead a two-hour classroom training workshop, from comprehensive background information and expert rationale, to action planning, a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, and sample participant materials.

Uses and Applications
Swamped 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 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.

Swamped Facilitator Guide, sample Participant Guide, and facilitator support materials.

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