Cave Without a Name - Facilitator Set
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 Cave Without a Name Scenario
It started innocently enough. A group of tourists enters a living cave near the Guadalupe River in Texas. Amazed by the fascinating rock formations and mysterious passageways, the group descends deep into unexplored territory when suddenly, they hear a loud sound. "Shoof!" Before they can react, the caverns are consumed by a rush of water that begins to steal the air. The lights go dark, and now the group huddles in terror as they realize they're trapped with no obvious way out.
- Hone group problem-solving skills using a five-step process
- Understand the four critical group maintenance skills
- Learn how groups make decisions
- Discover the advantages of consensus decision making
- Understand four techniques to improve communication
- Learn the three elements of synergy
Following the introduction of the survival scenario, participants are challenged to rank four immediate response alternatives and ten daypack items - first as individuals and then a second time as a team. Participants compare their Team Scores to the Best Individual Score and expert rationale to determine if synergy was achieved.
The two-hour workshop explores the concept of synergy and helps teams to develop vital group-process skills such as decision making and interpersonal communication. The exercise also includes an introduction to three elements of synergy, a five-step problem-solving technique, four critical group maintenance skills, and the importance of consensus decision making.
The Cave Without a Name Facilitator Guide includes everything trainers need to lead the simulation and classroom training workshop, from comprehensive background information and expert rationale to a step-by-step workshop outline, expert rationale, alternative training designs, and a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.
Uses and Applications
Cave Without a Name 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, decision-making, and interpersonal skills 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.
Order one per trainer. Includes the Cave Without a Name Facilitator Guide, sample participant guide, facilitator support materials, and Microsoft PowerPoint presentation.
Table of Contents
Section 1: Getting Started
Section 2: Theoretical Background
Section 3: Workshop
Section 4: Facilitator Support
Section 5: Reproducible Masters
Section 6: Sample Participant Guide
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
Frequently Asked Questions
Alternative Training Design
Training Design Template
Additional Products: Participation Guide