Everything you need to get started with Outback, including a comprehensive facilitator guide and six print self assessments. Additional self assessments may be purchased separately.
How It Works
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.
Uses and Applications
Outback can be used as a standalone training instrument or incorporated into a more comprehensive program on team building. 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.
- Hone group problem-solving skills using a five-step process
- Learn techniques for team conflict resolution
- Understand four techniques to improve communication
- Discover the advantages of consensus decision making
- Learn the three elements of synergy
Outback is an excellent training tool for any team, especially those in the midst of problem solving or conflict.
Includes: Facilitator Set and 6 Print Self Assessments
Facilitator Guide contents:
- Overview and Introduction
- Administering Outback
- Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation
- Experiential Learning Methodology
- Background Information
- Outback Workshop At-A-Glance
- Preparation Checklist
- Facilitator Instructions
- Expert Rationale
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Alternative Training Designs
- Blank Training Outline
- Related Materials from HRDQ
- Certificate of Achievement
- Training Evaluation
- Overhead transparency master: tear-out pages from the back of the facilitator set that you can copy to create your own overhead materials
- Sample Self Assessment
Self Assessment contents:
- From Cloudless Blue to Lightning
- From Sydney to the Cobourg Peninsula
- The First Bush Walk
- Lost in the Bush
- Northern Territory
- Map Conversion Charts
- Pressure-Sensitive Response Form: Daypack Items
- Pressure-Sensitive Response Form: Action Alternatives
- A Guide for Improving Your Team Discussion
- How Effective Is Our Team?
Team members at any level, especially those who work under pressure
Consensus decision making and decision making under pressure
Administration: 15 minutes
Workshop: 2 hours