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Debriefing Experiential Team Building Exercises - Overview using Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

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Debriefing activities is both an art and a process. Many games and challenges can be linked to the realities of organizational improvement and workplace engagement. In this overview, we link some of our questions on leadership, collaboration, strategic planning and communications into the context of discussing the behavioral choices of players and teams in our organizational development simulation. These same general questions and frameworks are also applied to our other developmental exercises like Seven Seas Quest and Innovate & Implement.

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Debriefing Experiential Team Building Exercises - Overview using Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine

  1. 1. Please note that the purpose of this slideshare is to share some ideas about the Debriefing of this exercise and other experiential games in general. We include a number of slides to frame up the basic aspects of the game, but if you are looking for more of a description of the exercise itself, look at our “Marketing Ideas” slideshare. Search: “slideshare marketing ideas dutchman”
  2. 2. A tabletop map shows the key location of the mine as well as possible routes. There is a lot of information teams sort and manage. They have possibilities to discuss, risks to assess, and resources to manage.
  3. 3. Our Goals: • Work Together • Get to the Mine •• Mine as much GoldMine as much Gold as We Canas We Can • Return to Apache Junction • Have Fun!
  4. 4. The exercise generates behavior, lots of goal-oriented collaborative and competitive behavior focusing on risk management, resource optimization and the sharing of information in a fast-paced challenge.
  5. 5. A sense of competition and the natural competitiveness commonly caused by a “My Team, My Team, My Team” focus measurably sub-optimizes group performance results. Collaboration rather than competition is a key factor for success and a focus of the debriefing.
  6. 6. The play of the game is the basis for serious focused discussions about the choices made, alignment, goals, communication and teamwork. Collaboration offers much higher payouts than competition, but players often choose to try to win rather than optimize overall results. This allows for great discussions about your workplace improvement!
  7. 7. Here are a some of the key themes for our debriefings: And any good experiential learning exercise…
  8. 8. What did you learn from your experience?
  9. 9. What kinds of Mud must we deal with? Mud is our “cultural and bureaucratic glop.”
  10. 10. What motivates people for workplace improvement?
  11. 11. What can we do to better align our teams to our goals?
  12. 12. What can weWhat can we change to allow forchange to allow for better overallbetter overall collaborationcollaboration within ourwithin our organization(s)?organization(s)?
  13. 13. Some amount of discord and disagreement is what generates better overall decisions. • How did your group decision process influence the quality of your decision-making? • How did you involve and engage everyone in decisions? • Did having team roles help structure your thinking?
  14. 14. How did group decision-making generate a better sense of team involvement and active ownership for results?
  15. 15. Employee engagement is an experience to be lived not a problem to be solved. It’s really neat, getting to the Top, one wonders if success will ever stop. Collaboration is one real great key as is planning things, it seems to me. We see the goal, we see the top. What pushes us to never stop? We can easily talk about Motivation and Success
  16. 16. We can readily discuss issues of organizational alignment and our need to have shared goals and objectives.
  17. 17. We hear us talk about THEY. And we hear us talk about THEM: Note: They and Them is Us!
  18. 18. Benefits of Collaborating are obvious. Why do teams compete?
  19. 19. Expedition Leaders can help teams be more successful. Why don’t teams ask for assistance?
  20. 20. Improvement is about making different choices!
  21. 21. Why are Clear Goals needed for effective leadership?
  22. 22. What might I consider doing differently? It is all about choice and choices; we generate considered alternatives.
  23. 23. Have FUN Out There! …and maximize your impacts!
  24. 24. Scott Simmerman, Ph.D. 864-292-8700

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