Black Bear Participant Booklet
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 Black Bear Scenario
On an early-morning hike in the Great Smoky Mountains, a group surprises a mother black bear - with near-fatal results. Their scout leader is quickly attacked and he is left lying on the ground, unconscious and bleeding steadily from deep lacerations. Now the group must work together to make vital strategy decisions and find the most effective way to rescue their scout leader.
- Learn seven behaviors of effective consensus decision making
- Hone group problem-solving skills
- Practice a model for consensus decision making
- Learn how to work as a team under pressure
- Experience the concept of team synergy
Black Bear is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those that must make critical decisions or thrive in a high-pressure environment.
Following the introduction of the survival scenario, participants are challenged to rank five strategy alternatives and ten backpack 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 and the importance of consensus decision making under pressure.
The Black Bear 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
Black Bear 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.
- Adventure Scenario
- Pressure-sensitive scoring
- Appalachian Trail Map
- Conversion Charts
- Guide for Improving Your Team Discussions
- How Effective is Our Team?
- Team Reflection and Action Planning
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