Lead or Get LOST! A Crash Course in Building a Team and Avoiding Disaster


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This was presented at the Texas State Leadership Exchange - San Marcos, TX September 26, 2010; and at the African American Leadership Conference (AALC) - San Marcos, TX, September 11, 2010.

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  • Ashley R.
  • Ashley R. (see grid handout)
  • Claudia (see team norm handout)
  • Ashley B. Students must work alone—NO TALKING! After 5 minutes, they will get in groups of 5-7 and will have 15 minutes to rank the list by coming to a group consensus. (see survival handout)
  • 1-6 Temple 7-12 Claudia After quickly presenting rankings, ask students if they have questions about certain items and why they are ranked the way they are (have time for 2-3). Students should subtract their score (either individual or group) from the professional ranking to determine how they did. (see survival handout)
  • Ashley B. and Temple (see survival handout)
  • Lead or Get LOST! A Crash Course in Building a Team and Avoiding Disaster

    1. 1. Lead or Get LOST : A Crash Course in Building a Team and Avoiding Disaster Ashley Borniger, Ashley Ransom and Claudia Trevino September 26, 2009
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Individual Leadership Styles </li></ul><ul><li>Team Behavior Styles </li></ul><ul><li>Survival Challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Group Discussion </li></ul>
    3. 3. Individual Leadership styles <ul><li>Authoritarian Leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Task oriented, no collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team Leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leads by example, positive environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Country Club Leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Uses rewards, afraid to lead </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Impoverished Leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Delegate and Disappear”, power struggles </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Team behavior styles <ul><li>Fractured Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One dominant leader, conflict between members </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conflicting Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots of talk, little action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cohesive Team </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All members contribute and feel valued </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Survival Challenge <ul><li>You and your peers have just survived the crash of a small plane. It is mid-January and you are in Northern Canada. The daily temperature is 25 below zero, and the nighttime temperature is 40 below zero. There is snow on the ground, and the countryside is wooded with several creeks criss-crossing the area. The nearest town is 20 miles away. You are all dressed in city clothes appropriate for a business meeting. Your group of survivors managed to salvage the following list of items. </li></ul><ul><li>Your mission is to list the 12 items in order of importance for your survival. Good luck! </li></ul>
    6. 6. Survival Challenge Rankings <ul><li>Cigarette Lighter </li></ul><ul><li>Ball of Steel Wool </li></ul><ul><li>Extra Shirt/Pants </li></ul><ul><li>Can of Crisco </li></ul><ul><li>20x20 Foot Piece of Canvas </li></ul><ul><li>Small Ax </li></ul><ul><li>Family-Size Chocolate Bars </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Loaded .45-Caliber Pistol </li></ul><ul><li>Quart of 100-Proof Whiskey </li></ul><ul><li>Compass </li></ul><ul><li>Sectional Air Map Made of Plastic According to Mark Wanvig, instructor in survival training, U.S. Army </li></ul>
    7. 7. Group discussion
    8. 8. Questions?
    9. 9. References <ul><li>Blake, Robert R. and Mouton, Janse S. (1985) The Managerial Grid III: The Key to Leadership Excellence . Houston: Gulf Publishing Co. </li></ul><ul><li>Fisher, D. Joseph and Peters, D. Dawn (2002). Earthquake . Milford, MI: ORION International. </li></ul><ul><li>undefined. (May 17, 2009). Survival: A Simulation Game. In Scouting Web . Retrieved September 3, 2009, from http://scoutingweb.com/scoutingweb/SubPages/SurvivalGame.htm. </li></ul>