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Zombie Outbreak

By: Kate L. Ward

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 Zombie Outbreak Scenario
It's a Monday morning in downtown Colorado Springs. The day starts out as every other. You arrive at the office, ready to begin work. You spend some time greeting a new employee and chatting with your co-workers. Someone brings up a news story about three people who were killed over the weekend – rumor has it – by zombies. Conversation ensues about the probability of such an occurrence when there is a sudden frenzy in the office over an employee who appears to be acting out of sorts, going as far as biting another person. The rumor suddenly becomes a reality. You and your four co-workers quickly realize that you must work together to make some vital decisions on what to do and how to best equip yourselves in order to survive the developing zombie outbreak.

Learning Outcomes
Allow your team to practice team decision making under pressure.
Provide an opportunity for your team to practice interpersonal skills, such as active listening, questioning, and confronting behaviors, in a realistic setting.
Illustrate the concept of team synergy.
Provide you with a nonthreatening opportunity to work together.
Zombie Outbreak is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those in the midst of conflict.