unless you have a large amount of room inside.
||45 to 60 Minutes plus debrief
- 75 to 90 minutes total
Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Communication
is often considered impossible in the beginning and
can be mentally tough, but with tenacity and perseverance,
teams complete this challenge.
will test your team's critical thinking under a deadline,
which no amount of physical brawn can overcome. A need for
very clear communication and common vocabulary is key to solving
this exercise and can show the need for perseverance and
determination by all participants.
a variation will eliminate the natural leader in the
group and show the need for using the skills of each individual
on the team. This kind of role-switching is key for good teams
and this exercise is a great place to practice letting other
individuals take the helm.
coordination, communication, leadership, perseverance, determination
and many other team and personal skills will be put to the
test during this activity. It is tough.
important for teams to find different ways to look at situations
and support each other even when there is no clear
path and no one is the expert.
is a mix of creativity, logic and an extreme amount of great
communication! Even the best of teams will have difficulty
completing this exercise.
outline of China Syndrome:
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buckets of sand or water are inside a 60diameter circle.
Participants may not go inside the circle. Without entering
the circle, the bucket of water must be poured into the
second bucket. Participants are given several ropes and
a circular bungee.
the ropes to the bungee and pulling from all sides can stretch
the bungee to fit around one bucket. Then they can pour
the contents into the second bucket by manipulating the
handling the ropes must be blindfolded, and therefore coached
on what to do by another member of the team.
should allow at least an hour or so for this event. It can
be done inside with enough room for the circle and substitute
water for balls so water is not spilled.
this is technically very difficult but has a tremendous
amount of value for the right team.
seen the benefit for participants using this event in both
communication and leadership and specifically how these
two areas impact problem solving strategies.
are blindfolded, you must completely depend upon another
person to get your job done. How often does
this happen at work? All the time. It can be very frustrating
to the blindfolded person when (s)he is given the same instructions
over and over the same way, but obviously does not understand.
Also, it is very difficult to be any kind of leader when
your communication is hampered like this. How often do executives
have too little information and have to make decisions?
All the time.
are the person coaching a blindfolded person, it can be
very difficult to convey the right information in a way
that is meaningful. It is very frustrating when the blindfolded
person does not understand and you cannot seem to think
of any other way to say it. How do you change your communication
to make your instructions meaningful? How often do executives
have to tell the same manager/employee the same thing over
and over again and they do not get it? Part
of the problem is the executive and their communication
to the manager/employee.
event requires leadership, leadership and more leadership.
Many times, the event will bring out the natural
leader. This person is neutralized in the first few seconds
of the event so the group will have to decide who is the
will change during the event. This happens almost every
time. Sometimes it is a group decision and sometimes one
person will simply start being the new leader. It is very
interesting to watch to see how the leadership forms.
all of the executives have been trained to be leaders, but
we know this is not true. What are the different leadership
styles that the different participants have. This event
will help everyone see what type of leadership works. However,
what people like to do is extrapolate that style of leadership
to other situations where it may not work.
possibility is to assign a leader at the beginning, after
the natural leader is neutralized.
event is perhaps our most difficult with regard to problem
solving as it appears impossible in the beginning.
times, leadership will change as one leaders ideas and solutions
are discarded. It is interesting to watch how participants
treat each other while ideas are being discussed. Also,
many times they stick to the same solution even when it
leadership and communication interweave the problem solving
aspect of this event. This event will help groups discuss
the difficulties, how the same difficulties are seen at
work and how to change for better future results.
things that happen:
may change when the current leader gets frustrated or when
there is a split in the group about how to accomplish the
task. Watch to see how the rest of the group reacts. How
does the old leader react? Does (s)he pull back from the
group or jump in and do all (s)he can?
using a time management variation, it is interesting to
see how the group changes strategy, leadership and/or communication
styles as time gets short. This can make the event very
similar to work because everyone is always under a time
crunch at work and don't have time to be anything but a
dictator (leadership) or a poor communicator.
no one who is coaching uses a blindfold to try and understand
what the blindfolded people are going through or how they
may be seeing the event.
great ideas are thrown out, but other participants do not
consider them. Why not? Does this same thing happen at work?
Is it the same person whose ideas are discarded without
times some participants will become disenfranchised with
the event. What was the cause?
of China Syndrome
a very difficult but fun exercise that groups will want to
try over and over again, even after they know the solution.
With the variations included, this event becomes monstrously
activity is technically difficult and appears to be impossible
at the beginning. If you have a group that enjoys difficult
problems solving, this is a great game.
comes in China Syndrome?
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