“That night, [Colleen McGuffin, the Fargo general manager] led everyone out into the sub-freezing weather to stand and shiver for five minutes. Back in the warmth of The Rivery, she divided them into…teams. ‘We picked some people who weren’t working well together, and some people who’ve never worked together,’ she explains. Each team was then given a sub-Arctic (sic) survival situation kit…by Human Synergistics International. …One group…had problems. ‘There were lots of opinions, and two leaders with opposite views,’ McGuffin says.
“Later…McGuffin noticed that one member’s scores were markedly better than the group’s as a whole, a sure sign of lousy communication. …a previously quiet team member…suddenly spoke up.‘…I’ve been trained in Arctic survival. But I didn’t say anything. I didn’t want everyone to think I’m a know-it-all.’ Lesson: If you don’t have the expertise, figure out who does; if you do have the expertise, say so. Communicate or die.”
Human Synergistics International thanks trainers, practitioners, consultants, and educators across the globe for making our team-building simulations the most widely used and acclaimed in the world.
The Subarctic Survival Situation is one of our most popular group problem-solving survival exercises. Developed by Dr. J. Clayton Lafferty and his colleagues, the simulation places participants in an isolated area of northern Canada where their plane has just crash landed and challenges them to rank, first individually and then as a team, 15 salvaged items in order of their importance to their survival.
Human Synergistics’ team-building simulations provide a unique opportunity to quickly and objectively measure whether your teams are achieving synergy. They are designed for team building, developing more constructive group processes, and demonstrating the impact of communication and collaboration on solution effectiveness. HSI offers a wide variety of team-building simulations in four series.