Simulation as a Diagnostic Tool

There are many factors in successful teamwork.  When conflicts arise, or performance declines, it’s not always simple to find the root of the problem.

At HRDQ, we are firm believers in the effectiveness of experiential learning.  What – at first glance – may seem to be an indecipherable problem might become very clear in the context of a simulation.  By taking our everyday habits into a simulation, we highlight the ways we act as a team.  It creates a safe environment, where skills can be measured in action without jeopardizing an important team project.

One of our most popular simulations is Jungle Escape.  It’s been an HRDQ best-seller for 30 years, and continues to build and revitalize teams every day.  Jungle Escape is an eye-opening diagnostic tool that takes teamwork back to fundamentals.  Something as simple as measuring planning time against implementation time can shed light on all aspects of a team’s dynamic – and Jungle Escape does just that.

The scenario charges teams with the (hopefully!) unfamiliar task of constructing an escape helicopter.  After carrying out the simulated task, teams are presented with their planning to implementation ratio, and introduced to 3 types of teams (Fragmented, Divergent, and Cohesive).  After learning which type of team behavior they’ve exhibited, the 9 Elements of Effective Teamwork give participants specific reflecting points to guide improvement.  They help identify problem areas so that solutions and improvements are possible.

While Jungle Escape is about team dynamics, it also provides a look at individual behaviors, and how each individual can take action to improve the function of their group.  Participants will be able to put their knowledge to work in any team situation or group interaction.  It will instill in them a heightened awareness of what it means to be part of a team, and how each member of a team can be a leader – regardless of their title or rank.

This memorable experience will stay with participants throughout their careers.  When learning is fun, people want to keep doing it.  By creating a positive atmosphere for self-assessment and team improvement, Jungle Escape can transform the future of your teams, your organization, and their continued growth.  Get started today!

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