When show beats tell. The ‘a-ha’ moment.
A Post by HRDQ President, Brad Glaser.
“Why can’t these people work together as a team?”
There’s no doubt in my mind you’ve heard that cry for help. If you’re a training professional, you’re well-aware that teamwork is vital to workplace success. After all, the once novel concept is now considered part of the modern organizational structure. This trend will only continue to grow in importance with the emergence of virtual, cross-functional, and multi-functional teams.
So why do some teams continue to struggle with the concept of teamwork? Believe it or not, the answer may be quite simple. They probably don’t have a clear vision of how a well-oiled team thinks, acts, or feels.
You can stand in front of your audience and tell—even push—them to be better team members, but we have a better idea. Let them experience it. In other words, show them. Hands-on training games like Jungle Escape whisk teams away from the traditional classroom and places them in a learning adventure that’s fun, effective, and memorable. It’s been a perennial favorite among trainers since it was first introduced more than 30 years ago, and it continues to be a bestseller today. And for one reason: It works.
At HRDQ, we believe show beats tell. There isn’t a more powerful way for adults to learn a new skill than to experience it for themselves. It’s what makes the lightbulb go on—the proverbial ‘a-ha’ moment trainers strive to achieve with their audiences.
And that’s what you get with Jungle Escape.
Immersed in a survival scenario, teams are challenged to work together to build a makeshift helicopter with only toy parts, limited access to a model—and each other. Real learning is quickly absorbed through the discovery and practice of critical group-process skills such as planning, problem solving, and decision making. Before they know it, your audience has experienced firsthand the difference between a Cohesive team and one that’s either Fragmented or Divergent. Voila. The ‘a-ha’ moment.
Jungle Escape is an excellent way to introduce basic teambuilding, improve productivity between multiple work groups, or energize mature teams. Give it a whirl. We guarantee it will be an experience your teams won’t soon forget.