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Beyond the Valley of the Kings

by Christine Glaser and Rollin Glaser

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 Beyond the Valley of the Kings Scenario

In the early morning hours, an urban redevelopment group climbs into the basket of a hot-air balloon. None of them have ever been up in a balloon before, and they are excited to get an aerial view of Egypt's Valley of the Kings. Liftoff is smooth, but about an hour into the flight, the balloon suddenly lurches and plummets to the ground. After a bone-crushing landing, the basket finally comes to rest and the dazed group members find their pilot lying motionless. Stranded in the desert, the group must pull together to care for the pilot and survive the elements of the Sahara.