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Team Survival Exercise

Who Should Attend?

Anyone working in a team, or as a team leader.

Program Goals

  • How teams function
  • The decision making process of a team
  • The importance of consensus
  • To listen and respect the views of others
  • That working together requires effort and respect

Course Description

You become a member of a team during an experiential exercise.  The team is placed in an artificial situation and is required to make decisions both individually and as a group. The success of the team is dependent on the willingness of all team members to participate, working together.  This exercise can be linked to a presentation on the personal styles of people on a team (a version of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) and to the “Five  Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni.

Course Outline

  • Break into teams of 4-6 participants
  • Review team “survival exercise” (pick from several scenarios, instruments)
  • Clarify goals
  • Individuals complete a ranking activity
  • Each team deals with the survival situation
  •  A debrief of the roles team members played
  • Comparison of results (individual and team)
  • The role of conflict on a team (defined as a difference of opinion)
  • Discussion of “what have we learned as a team?”

Course Length

2-4 hours (depending on the exercise & discussion)


Room of sufficient size to allow break‑out activities /or/ break out rooms. Flip chart & markers. Computer, projector & screen (power point).

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